Essay about Crohn 's Disease And Its Effects

1005 Words Aug 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Crohn’s Disease
Derell L Latin Jr
Brookhaven College

Regional enteritis, but most commonly known as Crohn’s Disease is an idiopathic, chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the intestines causing swelling and irritation. Most commonly it affects the small intestines and beginning of the large intestine, but can affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s can affect men and women of all ages, but is likely to affect people between the ages of 20-29. “Currently about 1.5 million people suffer from Crohn’s Disease in the United States” (Benson), and with no known causes of the disease, any prevention or cure optimism remains unclear. Crohn 's resides in a family of chronic inflammatory diseases of the GI tract, termed inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis is another commonly seen inflammatory bowel disease. The exact cause of Crohn 's disease is unknown. Diet, and stress are assumed factors, but research has shown that these factors aggravate, but aren’t exact causes of Crohn 's disease. After extensive studies researchers are considering Crohn 's may be caused by an autoimmune disorder. This occurs when normal functioning cells are attacked by the body’s immune system mistakenly. A normal functioning immune system protects the body from infection, by detecting and killing potentially dangerous foreign invaders. In healthy individuals harmless bacteria that aide’s digestion exist in the GI…

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