(Science: disease, gastroenterology) An inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract that seems to have both genetic and environmental causes, not well understood.
The peak incidence of onset of this disease is between 15 and 25 years of age. Crohn’s also occurs in later years between the ages of 55 and 60.
Common symptoms include recurrent abdominal pains, fever, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and diarrhoea which is occasionally bloody. Complications include gastrointestinal bleeding, fistulas and anal fissures.
treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids. Surgery is successful in a select few.