Stem Cell Therapy for Crohn's Disease in Abingdon, VA
Crohn's Disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract is the tube that runs from the mouth all the way to the anus. The GI system is responsible for the food digestion, absorption, and the elimination of waste products from the body.
Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis cause inflammation or irritation in different areas along the GI tract. These areas may go away temporarily and then flare up again.
Crohn's Disease can affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus, and may occur in patches. Some areas may be very irritated and inflamed, while other parts of the tract are perfectly healthy.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America estimates that 1.4 million Americans are living with an inflammatory bowel disease .
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Crohn's Disease Symptoms
Medical providers aren't sure what causes Crohn's, but do know that environmental factors, the body's immune system response, and genetics all play a role.
Symptoms of Crohn's Disease can vary widely over time, ranging from mild to severe. They include:
- Urgent need to have a bowel movement
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal cramps and pain
Crohn's Disease Causes
The following factors raise your risk for Crohn's Disease:
- A first-degree relative (sibling or parent) with the disease
- Antibiotic use
- Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Naproxen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
- An appendectomy during childhood
- Dietary triggers
Crohn's Disease Diagnosis
There is no one test to diagnose Crohn's Disease, and your healthcare provider may make the diagnosis after all other possible causes have been ruled out. To diagnose Crohn's Disease, you may need to undergo a variety of tests including:
- Bloodwork to look for anemia or infection
- Stool sampling to look for hidden blood
- Endoscopy/colonoscopy to examine the upper and lower GI tract
- CT or MRI scans to view the bowel more closely
Crohn's Disease Treatment
The goal of Crohn's treatment is to stop symptoms and reduce the chance they will come back. There is no cure for Crohn's disease, and because not every treatment will work for every person, your provider may need to try a variety of options to bring remission.
As with other autoimmune diseases, stem cell treatment for approved candidates involves a several-hour outpatient procedure to harvest, process, and reintroduce stem cells to the damaged and inflamed tissue along the GI tract.
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