Crohn’s Disease

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects more than a half-million people in the United States. Crohn’s disease causes symptoms similar to other, less-serious gastrointestinal conditions, which often interferes with getting an accurate diagnosis. The experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, specializes in diagnosing and managing Crohn’s disease and can provide the expert care you need to improve your symptoms and health. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

Crohn’s Disease Q & A

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an IBD that causes inflammation in the tissues that line your gastrointestinal tract. This inflammation can result in severe, debilitating pain. 

Crohn’s disease can affect different parts of your digestive tract, but it’s most often seen in the last portion of the small intestines (ileum) and the colon (large intestine).

Doctors aren’t certain of the exact cause of Crohn’s disease but believe it could develop due to a combination of genetics and problems with your immune system. You could be at risk of developing Crohn’s disease if it runs in your family.

Crohn’s disease has no cure, but the experienced team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group works one-on-one with you to develop a treatment plan that keeps your Crohn’s disease in remission.

What are the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease can cause a range of symptoms that vary in type and severity. The symptoms usually develop slowly but can come on suddenly and unexpectedly.

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool
  • Fatigue
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Fever
  • Mouth sores
  • Inflammation or pain around the anus

Symptoms only occur when the disease is active. When your disease is in remission, you shouldn’t experience any of the related symptoms.

How is Crohn’s Disease Diagnosed?

No single test diagnoses Crohn’s disease and many of the symptoms you experience are similar to other gastrointestinal conditions, which makes getting an accurate diagnosis difficult. 

The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group specializes in diagnosing and treating Crohn’s disease. They conduct comprehensive examinations to determine what could be causing your symptoms.

During your evaluation, your doctor reviews your symptoms, medical history, family history, and do a physical exam. Diagnostic tests like a blood test, X-ray, CT scan, and/or colonoscopy could be done to rule out other causes of your symptoms.

Based on the results of your exam and testing, your doctor determines if your symptoms are due to Crohn’s disease.

How is Crohn’s Disease Managed?

The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group develops individualized treatment plans to help you manage your Crohn’s disease. 

There’s no single best treatment of Crohn’s disease and you and your doctor work together to find the treatment that works best at keeping your Crohn’s disease in remission.

Your treatment plan can include various medications to control inflammation and symptoms, as well as dietary changes to avoid foods that lead to inflammation. In some cases, surgery to remove damaged tissue will be needed.

If you have concerns about Crohn’s disease, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or request an appointment online for an evaluation.