Crohn’s disease (CD) is an immune-mediate inflammatory condition in which an inappropriate response of the immune system attacks the body’s own gastrointestinal (GI) tract leading to chronic bowel inflammation. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life and may have a high financial burden.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic life-long condition. It can be treated but not cured. This means that it requires ongoing treatment with the aim of achieving a complete and long-lasting healing of the intestinal mucosa, as this is the only way to prevent permanent damage to the digestive tract.
The better you understand your condition, the better you will be able to control its course and management. The more informed you are, the better the chances for you to take an active part during your condition and prepare you for an appointment and consultation with your doctor.