Friday, December 31, 2010

The Mystery Of Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the bowel. It is sometimes called regional enteritis. It is a chronic inflammation of
the intestines usually the lower bowel or any other part of the digestive tract starting from the mouth to the anus. It is usually called an auto immune disease. This simply means that the immune system of the infected body turns to hit the gastro intestinal organs and tissues.

Anybody is predisposed to contact the disease. Healthcare review for male and females shows both gender stand the same chance if exposed to the cause of this disease. However it is mostly common in young adults and when traced back it is usually contacted in early teens. It is usually difficult to see anyone above the age of 50 with this disease.  The cause of this disease is yet to be found out but scientists have come to the conclusion that there is a genetic mystery surrounding the disease. In other words it could be genetically transferred to a person.

Some habits also increase one’s chances of being a patient. Smokers stand a higher risk of being infected than people without the habit. In addition, staying in close proximity with infected persons is also a risk on its own. It is advisable for people with this disease to be well taken care of and avoided as much as possible to evade infection.

Crohn’s disease however has its name and history linked back to 1932. An American gastroenterologist, Burrill Bernard Crohn, together with two of his colleagues, diagnosed people with an inflammation of the lower part of the small intestine (ileum). From their observation it was obvious that the ileum was the most and commonest affected area of the whole gastrointestinal tract. For this reason the Crohn’s disease is also called the regional enteritis. The aliment was thus named after him.

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