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Listen to your Gut: Manage Crohn's Disease

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Jessica Cerullo

on 3 December 2012

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Transcript of Listen to your Gut: Manage Crohn's Disease

What is Crohn's Disease? Inflammation of the digestive system
Crohn's Disease can affect any part of the digestive tract There are approximately 1.4 million American adults and children who are affected by Crohn's disease. This is a lifelong disease with no known cure. Listen to your Gut:
Managing Crohn's Disease Group 19: Brooke Castanes, Jessica Cerullo, Jae Jin Choe, Igor Fedonenko, Nicole Jones, Agneta Liubinaite, Ginger Rittenhouse Causes 1.No known cause
a. Immune system reaction
2. Genetics
a. 1 in 5 people with Crohn's disease have a blood relative with an irritable bowel disease (IBD) Symptoms of Crohn's Disease stomach pain
weight loss
rectal bleeding
skin problems
fever Risk Factors Genetics
a. Children with one parent having Crohn's disease have a 7-9% lifetime risk
b. Children with both parents having Crohn's disease have a 35% risk

Jewish ancestry

Age: most people are diagnosed before the age of 30 Possible Complications 1. Bowelobstruction, Ulcers, Anal Fissure, Malnutrition, Colon Cancer ( Possible Complications Ulcers
Colon Cancer
Bowel obstruction
Anal fissure Screening/Diagnosis 1. Laboratory tests:
Blood testing
Blood in the stool
Stool culture
2. Non- Laboratory tests:
Ways to Improve Symptoms: Diet Certain foods and beverages can aggravate your signs and symptoms

Limit intake of dairy products
Eat more low fat foods
Limit intake of fiber
Eat smaller meals more often
Drink plenty of fluids Ways to Improve Symptoms: Stop Smoking Smoking increases risk of developing Crohn’s and can worsen the condition once you have it Ways of Improving Symptoms: Reduce Stress Stress may make signs and symptoms worse and trigger flare-ups

1. Physical exercise
2. Yoga and breathing exercises Drug Therapy 1. Anti-inflammatory drugs
2. Immune system suppressors
3. Antibiotics
4. Anti-diarrheals
5. Laxatives
6. Pain relievers
7. Vitamin B-12 shots
8. Dietary supplements Additional Resources 1. Interactive Tutorial: National Library of Medicine

2. What I Need to Know About Crohn's Disease: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

3. Living with Crohn's Disease: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
http://www.ccfa.org/resources/living-with-crohns-disease.html References 1. "Crohn's & Colitis." CCFA: Living with Crohn's Disease. Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www.ccfa.org/resources/living-with-crohns-disease.html>.
2. Crohn's Disease. U.S. National Library of Medicine. 06 Aug. 2011. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/crohnsdisease/ge159105.pdf>.
3. "Learning About Crohn's Disease." Learning About Crohn's Disease. National Human Genome Research Institute, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www.genome.gov/25521854>.
4. "Inflammatory Bowel Disease." Inflammatory Bowel Disease. N.p., 04 Oct. 2008. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/inflammatory-bowel/start/1>.
5. Staff, Mayo Clinic. "Definition." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 09 Aug. 2011. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104>.
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