WHAT is Crohn's disease?
Crohn’s disease affects both men and women and can occur at any age, though it is most prevalent in adolescents and young adults.
When you are diagnosed with Crohn's, the GI tract mistakes harmless bacteria as invaders to the immune system. What happens is cells travel out of the blood to the intestines causing inflammation. The inflammation persists, which then leads to chronic inflammation, ulceration, thickening of the intestinal wall, and eventually causes symptoms as seen below.
Crohn’s can be hereditary, so if you or a relative have the disease, another family member has a significant chance of developing Crohn’s as well.
CROHN'S DISEASE SYMPTOMS
Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the GI tract. Symptoms can vary and some may be more common than others including:
- Persistent Diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Urgent need to move bowels
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Sensation of incomplete evacuation
eStudySite engages in investigative clinical trials of medications treating Crohn's disease. Qualified subjects participating in a trial receive study-related medical evaluations and the investigative study medication at no cost, and may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel cost.
If you suffer from Crohn's disease and would like to learn more, or volunteer for a study, please fill out the form to the right, or call us at 619-704-2750.