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In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about Crohn’s disease, as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. Crohn’s disease (CD) is a long-term (“chronic”) disease that causes all or part of the bowel (gastrointestinal [GI] tract), where food is digested in the body, to become severely inflamed (red and swollen). Crohn’s disease causes sores (ulcers) in the bowel. It is one of the two most common conditions associated with inflammatory bowel disease, the other being ulcerative colitis.
These two conditions should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the colon. Irritable bowel syndrome does not involve intestinal inflammation like CD or US but the symptoms are very similar, which often leads to misdiagnosis.
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