Friday, 28 September 2007

Chrons disease in children

Managing Chrons disease in Children
In recent times, it has become clear that Chrons disease affects large numbers of children, this is also true for cases of ulcerative colitis. Most diagnosed cases of Crohn's disease are in children and it is not uncommon to see examples of chrons in children as young a 7. It is also thought that about 20% of all cases of Chrons disease affects children under the age of 15.

Nutritional deficiency can be a serious problem for children with Chrons disease and can lead to stunted growth and the childs doctor may recommend nutritional supplements, this is especially true for children whose growth has already been stunted or slowed.

Chrons disease shows no bias towards boys orgirls are equally affected. Children who are born into a family with a history of Chrons disease are far more likely to develop chrons and possibly at an early age.

Apart from the physical difficulties faced by children with chrons disease, tt is also important to remember that children with chrons disease will have to face self image issues at an important time in their development. Chrons will change their routines and may separate them from normal child activities. Therefore, these children need a strong support base from family, friends, and doctors to help them with their social, as well as their physical, growth.

Managing Chrons Disease in ChildrenUK: Get Managing Your Child's Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis from

USA, Australia and Canada: Get Managing Your Child's Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis from

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Is Chrons disease different to ulcerative colitis?

Chrons Disease
In one word, yes. Chrons disease is different to ulcerative colitis although they are quite similar and a incorrect diagnosis can often be given.

In what ways is Chrons Disease different to ulcerative colitis?

Crohn's disease usually causes inflammation in your rectum, colon, small intestine and sometines even in your stomach, mouth and esophagus.

Ulcerative colitis causes an inflammation only in the colon (which is called the colitis) and or the rectum.

The inflammation in Chrons disease is also different from ulcerative colitis because except in the very worst examples, the inflammation of ulcerative colitis only seems to affect the superficial layers of the inner lining of the bowel.

The inflammation of Chrons disease tends to be concentrated in some areas more than others and affects layers of the bowel that are deeper than the superficial inner layers. Therefore, the affected areas of the bowel in Chrons disease often has deeper ulcers with normal lining between these ulcers.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Chrons Disease sufferers relief as new drug could help

A drug called Naltrexone that has been used to treat people who abuse drugs and alcohol could also be helping people with Chrons Disease, research has shown.

In a small study, conducted by Doctors in the USA found that some peoples symptoms of Chrons Disease (crohn,s disease) went into remission when they took the drug (Naltrexone).

Naltrexone is an opioid or narcotic antagonist and what it does is it blocks narcotics. The drug has approval from the FDA to ease drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms, but could also be used to help people with Chrons disease.

Dr. Smith who was working on the study said "We don't understand the mechanism of how it works in Chrons disease, but there are opioid proteins on inflammatory cells, so by using Naltrexone it does reverse the inflammation and it also causes healing of the ulcers in the intestine"

As mentioned before the study was only a small one, with the patients taking one low-dose pill at bedtime and showed minimal side effects. There was about About 89 percent of patients showed some sort of improvement with Naltrexone and 67 percent had total remission of their symptoms. With these positive findings, there are now larger studies taking place, good news for people suffering with Chrons Disease.

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Sunday, 23 September 2007

Chrons Disease - What to expect

When you are first diagnosed with Chrons disease the prospect can be very frightening, especially as there are so many unknowns. Even the doctors cannot be totally sure! So what can you expect? Well here are a few of the facts:

People with Chrons disease often go through periods of improvement which are then followed by deterioration and increased symptoms again sometimes these periods of remission can go on for years. If you have chrons, you have an increased risk of small bowel or colorectal carcinoma.

Complications associated with Chrons Disease

* You can get fistulas in the following areas:
o Bladder
o Vagina
o Skin
* Bowel obstructions
* Abscess
* Nutritional deficiencies (commonly vitamin B12 deficiency)
* Complications of corticosteroid therapy
* Erythema nodosum
* Pyoderma gangrenosum
* Inflammation of the joints
* Lesions in the eye
* Impaired growth and sexual development in children

Obviously when you reading this list can be very frightening and I don't think anyone has had ALL these complications with Chrons. I feel that it is important to know the facts about Chrons, but it is also important to know that there is also a whole life to live EVEN if you have Chrons Disease.

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Chrons Disease Treatments

If you have Chrons disease you may be prescribed medications like 5-aminosalicylate to control the inflammatory process.

If this treatment is not effective or if the case is very severe, you may require corticosteroids and immunomodulators such as azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine.

If you have any fistulas or abscesses you may be given antibiotics to fight against it. Infliximab which is an antibody to an immune chemical called TNF-alpha, which promotes inflammation. This treatment can work for people with fistulous disease.

If medical treatment does not work, you may need surgery where your segment of your bowel which has Chrons disease will be removed. Unfortunately though, unlike ulcerative colitis the removal of a diseased portion of the intestine does not cure Chrons disease.

There has been no concrete evidence that a specific diet has been shown to improve or worsen Crohn's disease. But as with everyone and probably more so with people suffering with Chrons disease, an adequate intake of calories, vitamins, and protein is important. The foods that make your diarrhoea worse should be avoided and specific food problems may vary from person to person.

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Friday, 21 September 2007

Chrons Disease Symptoms

Diagnosing Chrons Disease is often very difficult, as the disease canoccur at any age, it does seem though that are the times of the highest risk are adolescence and early adulthood. As there is thought to be a genetic link to Chrons disease, the only known risks seem to be a family history of Chrons disease, people who have Jewish ancestry, and smoking also seems to increase the risk of Chrons.

Chrons disease is fairly common with about 7 people in every 100,000 developing the disease.

These are some of the Symptoms of Chrons Disease?

* Tenesmus (pain with passing stool)
* Fever
* Diarrhea
* Loss of appetite
* Unintentional weight loss
* Abdominal mass
* Abdominal sounds (gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine)
* Fatigue and tiredness
* Gastrointestinal bleeding
* Stools that are Foul-smelling
* Pain in your Abdomen

There are also some other symptoms that have shown to be associated with Chrons disease:

* Blood in your stools
* Pain in your joints
* Anal Incontinence
* Swollen gums
* Constipation
* Abdominal fullness and gas

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Facts and Causes of Chrons Disease

Today I am going to go over more of the facts, causes and symptoms of Chrons Disease.

So what is Chrons Disease?
Chrons disease is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract but most commonly occurs in the ileum, this is the area where the large and small intestines meet.

What other names are there for Chrons Disease?
Firstly the correct spelling is Crohn's Disease, I use Chrons every time im not really thinking aboput it, and so do many other people. Other names for chrons are: Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, Regional enteritis, Ileitis and Granulomatous ileocolitis. It is similat to ulcerative colitis but definitly not the same.

How about the causes of Chrons disease?
Fistly Chrons is an autoimmune disease, what does this mean? This is when the immune system attacks your body's own cells. In the Autoimmune disorder in Chrons disease, these 'bad' immune cells attack the gastrointestinal system (your stomach). Unfortunatly the actual cause of this is still not known, but there seems to be a link to genetics.

In Chrons disease this often happens where the end of the small intestine joins the large intestine, the ileum. But it can also affect any other part of your digestive system. Because of this attack by your immune system, the wall in your intestines thickens and deep ulcers often occur. In addition to your digestive system chrons can also affect other organs in your body and may cause, Skin rash, Fistulas which are abnormal connections between bowel and adjacent organs or skin, Liver inflammation, arthritis, your eyes can become inflamed, kidney stones and deep vein thrombosis.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

About Chrons Disease

I have had a few queries from people asking what is Chrons Disease? (correctly spelt Crohn's disease)

Chrons disease is a chronic and debilitating inflammatory disease of the
gastrointestinal tract. The onset of Chrons disease often occurs between the ages of 18-25, but can begin much later in life aswell.

As Chrons disease is a chronic ailment, people go through unpredictable periods in which the disease flares and causes symptoms. These episodes are followed by times
of remission in these periods the symptoms disappear or decrease and good health

Canada has one of the highest incidence and prevalence of Chrons disease in the world and chrons disease is much more common in developed nations.

The cause of Chrons disease is not really known but it is believed to be an autoimmune disease that has links to genetics. The condition occurs when the immune system contributes to damage of the gastrointestinal tract by causing inflammation.

There is no known medical or surgical cure for Chrons disease, unlike the other major type of IBD, ulcerative colitis.

Many people live with Chrons disease for many years and don't realise it. The usual onset of chrons disease is between 15 and 30 years of age, with no difference in numbers or chances of getting the disease between men and women.

Chrons disease, can cause a variety of systemic symptoms. Growth failure is common in children with Chrons disease and many children are first diagnosed with Chrons disease based on inability to maintain growth. Fever may also be present

Older people who have Chrons disease may manifest as weight loss. This is usually related to decreased food intake, since individuals with intestinal symptoms from Chrons disease often feel better when they do not eat and might lose their appetite.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Chrons Disease - Books About

I found that books about Chron's Disease a great help to me when I was first diagnosed, some really helped and some left me with more questions than answers! That is why I thought it's would be a good Idea to create a post about some of the books that are available and then possibly in the future write a sort of Chrons Disease Book review :-)

Ok, just so I dont have to type it 100 times all the links in this post will open a new window!

Also just to let you know I will try and find links to the books for both UK and US book sites, if any of you are from any other country and know where you can find them online please let me know and I will add them. I have also where possible linked to sites that offer 2nd hand books as this is greener (save the trees!!) and cheaper too :-)

The Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Fact Book
Taken from the back cover: "Crohn's disease nearly took my life and dream of running in the Olympics. This book is helping me control my disease and stay in training." --Rene Felton, Track and Field National Record Holder"

"This text gave me a better insight into my illness. I have found that knowing what to expect makes coping with the disease easier." --Rolf Benirschke, Placekicker, San Diego Chargers

Where you can buy The Chron's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Fact Book:
UK: New £10.99
UK: Used: £1.00

USA: Used: $1.00!!

Australia: AbeBooks New A$27.73

Canada: AbeBooks Used C$10.67

France and Germany: The Chron's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Fact Book is also available from any of the AbeBooks links above.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Chrons disease patients in Australia get help

Chrons disease in AustraliaHi all, just a short post on some good news for those people in Australia with Chrons disease, an inflammatory bowel condition (IBD):

You will soon be able to access government subsidised treatments \o/

From October 2007 the medication Remicade (infliximab) will be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The Australian Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott said Chrons disease has a profound impact on the professional, family and social life of sufferers.

Symptoms include fever, anorexia, fatigue and joint pain. (I wonder if they mean symptoms of the drug? Because I had very different symptons to this when I was first diagnosed with chrons disease!?)

"Those with active Chrons disease experience chronic abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bowel movements containing blood," Mr Abbott said in a statement. (ok, I now see! thats more like it!)

An estimates 2,000 people are expected to commence Remicade for the treatment of Crohn's disease in the first year of its listing.

The inclusion of Remicade to chrons disease sufferers to the PBS is estimated to cost $53.9 million over four years. (That is Australian Dollars)

Find books about living with Chrons disease: (in no particular order!)

USA: - New and second hand books in the USA
Canada: AbeBooks - Canadian sellers of books on Chrons Disease
Ireland: AbeBooks - Chrons Books for sale in Ireland
Australia: AbeBooks - yip, chrons books in Aus!
UK: - Books on Chrons disease in the UK

Chrons disease: living life to the full

Living with Chrons Disease, David GerrardIt sometimes helps when you feel that everything is stacked up against you to realise that there are many people who have chrons disease and not only that they are participating in very physical activities.

An example that I only recently found out was David Garrard, a quarter back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has Chrons disease.

There are days when I don't feel that I can even get out of bed, and recently I was invited on a camping weekend with friends. I was worried that it would be a problem but when you realise that some people are doing things that even people without chrons disease would find difficult, it can give you that little extra push that you need. I'd like to report that I did go on that camping trip and had an excellent time!

You can live your life to the full with Chrons Disease!

Friday, 14 September 2007

Chrons Disease: Better to get it in 2007 than 1987

Chrons disease, a chronic inflammation of the bowel and intestines afflicts nearly 1 million people worldwide. People with Chrons disease suffer from diarrhea and abdominal pain. Around 80 percent of Chrons disease patients will also eventually will face surgery to remove damaged portions of bowel. Having said that there is some good news, with the science finally catching up with the disease, and modern treatments like anti-inflammatory medications called TNF blockers have had very good results for many patients.

There are also two new chrons disease drugs are about to hit the market, so things could and should soon improve further for Crohn's disease patients.

The Food and Drug Administration advisory committee in the USA recommended approval of the drug Tysabri as a medication for Chrons disease. Tysabri is already used as a treatment for patients with multiple sclerosis. This recommendation will allow the FDA to move toward approval of Tysabri for Chrons.

The other drug, Cimzia, was effective at treating about one-third of 1,330 patients with moderate to severe Chrons disease in recent studies. In addition, 62 percent of patients who responded to Cimzia continued to benefit from the treatment after six months. The Belgian company is planning to receive approval from the FDA soon.

So possibly some good news on the horizon for Chrons Disease patients.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Biblical diet helps beat Chrons Disease

Chrons disease book the Makers dietA man says by following ancient scriptures it helped him cure serious Chrons Disease.

Jordan Rubin believes that of the thousands of diet books published every year, the oldest is the best. The author who lives in Florida says that by eating "whole, living and nutrient-rich foods" described in the Bible, he beat Chrons disease.

The question must be asked, has Rubin rediscovered a secret overlooked by modern Western medicine? Or is he just using conventional wisdom by staying away from pork, red meat and eating natural foods

About 10 years ago, Rubin was told by doctors that his chrons disease was incurable. But he said that he successfully battled his disease after studying the Bible's "4,000-year-old health plan." He has used those ideas to found Garden of Life Inc., a health compan.

On Sept. 13, he will be giving a lecture titled titled "God Wants You to Be Healthy," at Harbor Light Church, 4760 Thornton Ave., Fremont. For more information, call 510-713-1140 and you can buy tickets online, visit

You can also buy his book "The Maker's Diet" online:

USA - The Makers Diet

UK - The makers Diet

This is all the information I could find but it will be interesting to see how this news pans out in the future and if it does indeed help Chrons disease sufferers

Monday, 10 September 2007

Chrons Disease problems caused by Additives?

Chrons Disease problems caused by Additives
Some researchers in Melbourne have found that infant milk formula containing added fruit sugars could be causing gut disorders like Chrons disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis in children.

Some of the new milk formula's for children, including Nutricia and Aptamil contain prebiotics such as fructose which are supposed to improve the digestion could be doing more harm that good, especially for children who already have a tendency towards diseases like Chrons disease.

Prof Peter Gibson who is a Gastroenterology expert is concerned about the trend towards adding rebiotics to infant formula. "Excessive intake of sugars that escape digestion and absorption in the small intestine contribute to susceptibility and symptom generation inChrons disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis," he said.

The excessive intake of these sugars is common in the Western diet (This could be one of the reasons why Chrons disease is so uncommon in places like Africa?)

What is more is that the people with Chrons disease or IBS who take these foods out of their diet seem to get allot better.
His team has measured the prebiotic contents of food in the Australian diet in order to generate a nutritional database.

The study found more than half of the 52 patients with Chrons disease who took out prebiotics from their food improved their symptoms. So it seems that prebiotics which provide good bacteria to maintain good digestive health but are likely to make Chrons disease and IBS symptoms worse.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Chrons Disease link to Farm Animals?

My First post today and I just want to start off stating that I know Chrons Disease Should be spelt Crohns Disease! I also know that many people like me spelt it wrong when first diagnosed and so are probably not finding all the information on Chrons disease / Crohn's Disease! So please forgive me :-)

Right on to the first Chron's Disease news post:

Early exposure to farm animals lowers IBD (Chrons Disease or ulcerative colitis) risk

A study has been done that seems to suggest that if you are regularly exposed to farm animals as a child or infant you are less likely than others to develop Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis in childhood. This is according to the findings of a German study published in the journal Pediatrics.

There are about 12,000 children and adolescents in Germany who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to Dr. Katja Radon and colleagues at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. With the recent increase in Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease) especially in industrialized countries like the UK, Germany and the USA, its pronounced geographical variation, suggests that environmental factors contribute this condition.

The researchers examined the association between contact with farm animals in infancy and the development of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis in childhood. Data were analyzed for 748 IBD cases (444 with Crohn's disease and 304 with ulcerative colitis) and 1,481 healthy "control" children.

The children with IBD were more likely than the control children to live in urban areas. Regular contact with farm animals during the first year of life was inversely associated with IBD, the investigators report.

Specifically, the children with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis were about 50 percent less likely to have regular contact with farm animals in infancy compared with the healthy children.

"The results of this study indicate that farm animal contact during infancy, one of the major factors protecting individuals against childhood allergies, might also decrease the risk of juvenile IBD, (Chrons Disease or ulcerative colitis)" Radon's team concludes. The findings also support the hypothesis that allergic diseases and IBD might have similar paths of development.

Chrons Disease news source: Pediatrics, August 2007.

Tip: Some great Chron's disease self help books can be found on the internet: has a large selection (link opens a new window)

For people with Chrons Disease from the UK
Just as a last note, If you are into cooking (and eating!) this book I got on Amazon really helped me and I really think it is excellent:
How to Cook for Chrons / Crohn's and Colitis (

Friday, 7 September 2007

Chrons Disease: It's a mystery but controlled

Jessica Leach who is now 19 was only 12 when she started having frequent attacks of painful abdominal cramps and was only later to find out that it was Chrons disease.

At first, she didn't tell anyone about the pain and diarrhea, and would often respond to her parents questions by implying that it was somethiong in the food that didnt agree with her. But soon she began to loose alot of weight and that was when her parents realised that there must be something really worng and so decided to take her to the doctors.

The doctor first thought that she might have anorexia, which frustrated mother and daughter alike. After blood work and a visit to a gastroenterologist, the family finally got the right diagnosis: Chrons disease.

Jessica's chrons is in remission for the second time, the first time lasted for three years

She is adiment that Chrons disease is not going to get her down and want to live her life to the full. She has been working two jobs this summer and she is looking forward to college.

Chrons Disease Wont beat me: Alan

For thirty years Alan Cresswell, a barber in Tewkesbury (UK) has been raising money for the research into Chrons Disease after his son aged just three was diagnosed with it and now it turns out that he has Chrons disease aswell.

When he is not at work in his barber shop, Alan works with 13 other people, all nicknamed the Chronies, organising fundraising events and all in the aid of Chrons Research. This all began way back in 1976 when his son Mark, who still suffers from the painful condition, was diagnosed with Chrons disease. Now he too must face this illness as he has now also been diagnosed with Chrons and said that he was awaiting results from a local hospital to determine whether he would need an operation or not.

Alan has been officialy recognised for his fundraising efforts with town council awarded him the Tewkesbury Town Community Service Award for his services to Chrons disease research where he has raised over £200,000 specifically for Chrons disease in children, because they have their whole lives ahead of them."

Three are about one in 1,500 people have Chrons Disease, which affects slightly more women than men and usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 40.

Chrons Disease: Gene variant raises risk of Chrons disease

Pediatric researchers in a children's hospital in Philadelphia have identified a gene variant that raises the risk of Chrons disease in Children.

This research backs up some other results from some German researchers who also found the same gene variant in the adult form of Chrons disease.

"Because Chrons disease is complex, with multiple genes interacting with each other and with environmental factors, it's important to sort out specific genes and to replicate previous findings," said the study's first author, Robert N. Baldassano, M.D., director of the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Children's Hospital. "There are different types of Chrons disease, so classifying types by genetic profiles may help us select the most appropriate treatments for each patient."

This study was pretty comprehensive as they compared the genomes of 143 children with Chrons disease to genomes of 282 children who did not have the disease. In the results, they discovered that 64 percent of children with Chrons disease had a specific variant form of the gene ATG16L1, compared with 52 percent of the healthy children. The odds ratio for children with the gene variant was 1.62 compared to control children, all this means that children who have the variant are 62 percent more likely to have Chrons disease than children with the more common form.

I guess the more studies done like this will all lead to more understanding of Chrons disease and hopefully lead to better treatments and possibly a cure one day.

Chrons Disease: Bike Trek to raise funds for Chrons Disease

Chrons Disease Charity Ride Allan and Neil Farimond, a father and son team who aim to tackle the Pyrenees on a gruelling 13-day bike trek and all in aid of the National Association for Colitis and Chrons Disease. This is a charity that is close to their hearts as Neil's son Matthew has Chrons disease as well as many other member sof their extended family.

Allan who is 68 years young has completed the challenge before and is the more experienced of the two. They hope to raise at least £1000 (about US$1900) for the National Association for Colitis and Chrons Disease. (When I looked at their site today they were on £804) Allan goes on to say that "Evidently the more money we can raise, the more worthwhile the venture. A number of our family members are affected by Crohn's and it is a very distressing condition which can go into remission but then suddenly flare up and be very uncomfortable."

Chrons Disease is not that uncommon, yet receives far less publicity than say cancer or heart disease.

For more information and to see how they are getting on with raising funds for Chrons Disease go to their website: