Independence, a thirst for adventure, future plans – and a good gut feeling at the same time. It is especially important for young people to be able to freely shape their everyday lives. A chronic inflammatory bowel disease does not have to stand in the way of this. Adequately treated, even people with Crohn’s disease usually lead a largely normal life.
For some time everything is quite normal, then bloody diarrhea and pain in the lower abdomen cross everyday life again and again. These recurring symptoms are typical for the chronic inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s disease. About 120 to 200 people per 100,000 inhabitants are affected throughout Germany, especially young people between the ages of 20 and 30.
Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. Most often, the inflammation occurs in the last section of the small intestine and in the initial area of the large intestine. The disease is not curable at the current time. However, medications and surgical therapies can help to significantly extend symptom-free phases.
Still unclear: the development of Crohn’s disease
Due to the food we eat every day, our intestines are in constant exchange with the environment. A robust mucous layer protects the intestinal wall from bacteria. With Crohn’s disease, it seems to be different: the barrier function of the intestine is weakened, the intestinal microflora changes and inflammation develops. Any section of the intestine can be affected and cause pain, as well as diarrhea. Since Crohn’s disease is more common in families, a genetic predisposition seems to play a role.
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