Another inflammatory bowel disease is Crohns, which can affect the entire length of the gut from the mouth to the anus. The cause of the condition is not known, although some links between family history and some vaccinations have been suggested.
Crohns disease is a chronic condition with some periods that are free of symptoms intermitted with acute attacks that can, if severe, require hospitalization. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, anemia, weight loss and severe abdominal pain.
Ongoing treatment includes vitamins and mineral supplements and corticosteroids for the diarrhea. However, the symptoms may become so severe that surgical removal of the bowel may be required and replaced with a temporary or permanent colostomy bag.
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