The most common symptom of Crohn's disease is chronic diarrhea. Chronic means that diarrhea lasts for more than six weeks. Typical side effects are abdominal pain and weight loss.
The cramps and abdominal pain are usually localized in the right lower abdomen, but can also occur in the entire abdominal area. The diarrhea is usually slimy or even watery and often occurs after eating.
In contrast to ulcerative colitis especially bloody diarrhea in Crohn's disease are often absent.
Complaints of Crohn's disease: Many feel almost nothing
The extent of these complaints is individually very different and can also vary widely among individuals. There are many people with Crohn's disease who are virtually symptom free for a long time and need no treatment.
In addition, a whole series of other signs of disease may come, which are more a consequence of chronic intestinal inflammation. These include fatigue and fatigue. In case of prolonged illness, sometimes inflammatory skin changes, eye inflammations and joint swelling may develop, but these are usually not complaints of the early phase.
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In children and adolescents, as a result of Crohn's disease, physical development, especially growth, may be delayed.
Authors: Dr. med. Anne-Kristin Schulze &Dr. med. Jörg Zorn