More complications of crohn’s disease (part 4)

Published : 03 Jan 2022 07:10 PM | Updated : 05 Jan 2022 06:02 PM

•    Anal fissure: This is a small tear in the tissue that lines the anus or in the skin around the anus where infections can occur. It's often associated with painful bowel movements and may lead to a perianal fistula.

•    Malnutrition: Diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping may make it difficult for you to eat or for your intestine to absorb enough nutrients to keep you nourished. It's also common to develop anemia due to low iron or vitamin B-12 caused by the disease.

•    Colon cancer: Having Crohn's disease that affects your colon increases your risk of colon cancer. General colon cancer screening guidelines for people without Crohn's disease call for a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50.

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•    Other health problems: Crohn's disease can cause problems in other parts of the body. Among these problems are anemia, skin disorders, osteoporosis, arthritis, and gallbladder or liver disease.

•    Medication risks: Certain Crohn's disease drugs that act by blocking functions of the immune system are associated with a small risk of developing cancers such as lymphoma and skin cancers. They also increase risk of infection.

•    Blood clots: Crohn's disease increases the risk of blood clots in veins and arteries

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic

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