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A chronic inflammatory disease of the Digestive System, Crohn?s affects the junction between the small and large intestines, causing the intestinal wall to thicken and form Ulcers. Probably a genetic disorder, Crohn?s can be initiated by an allergic reaction or infectious agent. After it sets in, the Crohn?s patient may not be able to eat certain foods that aggravate the disease. Although the damaged portion of the intestine can be removed, Crohn?s often recurs and usually remains a lifelong disease once it begins.
Symptoms include abdominal Pain, chills, fever, frequent Diarrhoea, nausea, weakness, and weight loss. Because Crohn?s affects each person in different ways, treatment methods centre on the individual cases. About 3,000 to 4,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the UK, and the incidence has increased markedly over the last 30 years.
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