Crohn's Disease Essay
Health and Chronic Management Nur 427
December 6, 2010
Tiffany Fitch, MSN, FNP-C
Patient information: A 21 year old Jewish-American presents to the emergency department with severe diarrhea and complaints of abdominal pain, decreased appetite for over two weeks and weight loss of 10lbs. The young Jewish man has no other medical problems and denies any family history other than an older brother that was diagnosed with Crohn’s when he has 20 years old. Currently, the young man is enrolled in college pursuing a career in criminal justice and did advise the emergency department staff of a learning disability. The young man requested that any information about his diagnosis should be put …show more content…
As of right now, the cause of Crohn’s disease remains unknown. It has been speculated that a malfunctioning immune system and heredity plays a role in the development of Crohn’s. The theory is that the body’s immune system reacts abnormally by mistaking bacteria and foods for being foreign and reacts by attacking these substances. The immune system reacts with white blood cells accumulation in the lining of the intestines that produces the chronic inflammation which leads to Crohn’s.
There are several different risk factors that may be contributing to Crohn’s disease, such as age, ethnicity, heredity/family history. Crohn’s disease is often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 to 30,