Gastroenterology expert Fernando Perez Barba said although the highest prevalence is between 30 and 40 years old, Crohn’s disease, characterized by intestinal inflammation, can occur at any age, including in childhood.
The physician assigned to the Regional General Hospital IMSS in Jalisco 45 indicated that it is a disease that does not have a specific source, so it is considered multifactorial.
He said some people in Crohn’s disease presents with rectal fistulas, while others start is the manifestation of intestinal perforation, very serious situation that warrants a colectomy (removal of a segment of intestine) emergency.
He said that this condition increases from 10% to 15% chance of developing cancer in either colon (large intestine) or bile ducts.
He stressed that frequent diarrhea, with colicky abdominal pain (cramps), loss of weight and appetite are some clinical data that can shed light on the presence of this disease.
He explained that some patients with this disease come to refer fullness in the lower abdomen? Mostly to the right side and a peculiarity of this condition is its high recurrence, this means that the patient is well and malaise intervals over a lifetime?.
He stressed that when the Crohn’s disease causes reactivation of gastrointestinal symptoms, the patient may experience swelling of the joints (arthritis), inflammation of the whites of the eyes (episcleritis), mouth sores (aphthous stomatitis).
As painful skin nodules on the arms and legs (erythema nodosum) and skin ulcers brownish containing pus (pyoderma gangrenosum).
He stated that Crohn’s disease is associated with certain disorders affecting other body parts, such as gallstones, inadequate absorption of nutrients and amyloid deposits (amyloidosis).
He mentioned that some tools that can support the diagnosis are very specific radioimagenológicos studies in which dye is used to demonstrate the characteristic appearance of the disease in the colon.
He noted that in unclear cases, colonoscopy (examination of the large intestine with a flexible viewing tube) and a biopsy (tissue analysis taken from the affected area), can help confirm the diagnosis.
Recommended that before any symptoms, go immediately to the doctor for a diagnosis and initiate treatment, does not it is a disease that shortens the life of people, but it brings discomfort and complications that warrant specialized support?