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What is Crohn's Disease?
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What is Crohn's disease?

Crohn's disease is one type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the other is ulcerative colitis. Crohn's disease was named after Dr Burrill Crohn, who together with Dr Leon Ginzburg and Dr Gordon Oppenheimer, first identified the disease in 1932.

Crohn's disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract - from the mouth to the anus - but mostly commonly affects the ileum (which is the third part of the small intestine that joins the large intestine (colon or bowel). The colon may also be affected, which can make it difficult to distinguish Crohn's disease from ulcerative colitis.

Crohn's disease can affect not just the lining of the bowel, but all the layers of the bowel (from the layers of mucosa to the smooth muscles).

Crohn's disease is further divided into different sub-conditions depending on which part of the bowel (intestine) is affected:

More people have Crohn's disease than ulcerative colitis (a ratio of 3:2) and somewhat more women have Crohn's disease than ulcerative colitis.


Facts about Crohn's disease


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  Last reviewed: 14 November 2008 || Last updated: 3 January 2009


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