December 1-7 is Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week

Ulcerative colitis causes serious inflammation in your large intestine, triggering symptoms like cramping and rectal bleeding.

We are currently conducting ongoing Ulcerative Colitis Clinical Trials.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation in any part of your digestive tract. The disease most often affects the end of your small bowel and the beginning of your colon.

The inflammation of Crohn’s disease can affect the entire thickness of your bowel wall, although it can also leave patches of healthy tissue between the inflamed areas.

Ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD, is similar to Crohn’s disease but the inflammation only affects the large intestine.

The underlying causes of Crohn’s disease and other IBDs aren’t well understood. The condition can develop at any age, especially between 15-35, and stress and poor diet can aggravate symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?

The chronic inflammation of Crohn’s disease can cause a variety of symptoms that vary from person to person. These symptoms include:

You might also feel an urgent need to move your bowels or the sensation that you can never completely empty your bowels.

Without treatment, Crohn’s disease can cause complications like tears in the lining of your anus (fissures), a narrowing of your intestines (stricture), or a fistula, an abnormal channel that forms between your intestines and other organs.

Jeffrey Crespin, MD Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU MD, MBA, AGAF, FACP

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