Inflammation of the intestines, it can affected any portion of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. It is also often referred to as irritable bowel disease. Common symptoms are abdominal pain, weight loss, rectal bleeding and diarrhea. It is documented to have a greater risk of developing in smokers. It tends to present itself in the teens and twenties for most people, but it often goes undiagnosed as the symptoms are so numerous and varied, flaring up for periods and then going away. In addition to developing due to genetic predisposition a diet high in animal and milk proteins and polyunsaturated fatty acids can play a part in the cause. A colonoscopy is the best test to look for signs of Crohn’s disease, with a biopsy serving a crucial supplemental procedure to further refine the diagnosis.
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