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Crohn's Disease: Fulfilling a Normal Life Causes and Treatments

Crohn's Disease afflicts nearly 400,000 Americans by causing an inflammation in their G.I. tract. With symptoms that are often similar to other inflammatory diseases of the intestines, Crohn's Disease can be difficult to diagnose. Medical experts agree that it's important to see a physician for any abnormal abdominal pain or prolonged diarrhea. Rectal bleeding, weight loss and fever may also be symptoms in more advanced cases. The goals of treatment are to control the inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies, and relieve symptoms.

While Crohn's Disease affects men and women equally, it does seem to run in families. William J. Sanborn, M.D., Head of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research, Mayo Clinic explains, "About 20 percent of the people that have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, have at least one relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease. It's usually another member of their immediate family."

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