Monday, 12 May 2008

A few Causes and Facts of Chrones Disease

In my post today I have decided to go over a few more of the facts, causes and symptoms of Chrones Disease.

What exactly is Chrones Disease?
Chrones disease is defined as a chronic autoimmune disease which can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract but most commonly occurs in the ileum, the ileum is the area where your large and small intestines meet.

Chrones Disease are there other names for the disease?
Firstly the correct spelling of Chrones Disease is actually Crohn's Disease, I use Chrones every time im when im not really thinking about it, and have found that so do many other people and so this blog is really for people who like me keep forgetting how to spell it - now it has just stuck! Other names for chrones are: Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, Regional enteritis, Ileitis and Granulomatous ileocolitis. Chrones disease is similar to ulcerative colitis but is not the same. (more of the differences between Chrones disease and ulcerative colitis later)

What are the causes of Chrones disease?
Chrones is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system attacks your body's own cells. In the Autoimmune disorder in Chrones disease, these 'bad' immune cells attack the gastrointestinal system. The actual cause of why this happens is still not known, but there seems to be some sort of a link to genetics.

In Chrones disease this often happens in the ileum, where the end of the small intestine joins the large intestine. But chrones can also affect any other part of your digestive system. What happens is the wall in your intestines thickens and deep ulcers often occur well as your digestive system chrones disease can also affect other organs in your body and may cause, Skin rash, Fistulas which are abnormal connections between your digestive system and adjacent organs or skin, Liver inflammation, arthritis, your eyes can become inflamed, kidney stones and deep vein thrombosis.

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