Donate to Crohn’s Disease Research, Patient Care and Education

There are as many as 780,000 men and women suffering from Crohn’s disease in the United States. This chronic bowel disease occurs when there is inflammation along the lining of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease most commonly affects the ileum but can impact any area of the GI tract. People affected by Crohn’s disease may experience different symptoms from day to day, with ranging severity. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, anal fissure, rectal bleeding, weight loss, fever, rashes and joint pain. When you make a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to effectively diagnose and treat those who suffer from this particularly challenging and painful disease.

The causes of Crohn’s disease are unclear. Some research has pointed to an abnormal immune system as a possible explanation for the onset of Crohn’s disease. Another possible cause of Crohn’s might be bacteria that affects the immune system and causes abnormal inflammation of the intestine wall. Scientists at Northwestern Medicine are dedicated to discovering the cause of Crohn’s disease, and, by donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will support their efforts to learn more about this chronic condition.

Courses of treatment for Crohn’s disease depend on a number of factors, including symptoms, the progression of the illness and a patient’s overall health. Physicians at Northwestern Medicine work closely with their patients to determine the best method(s) of controlling or eliminating symptoms. Current treatments include:

  • Surgery: May include the removal of parts of the intestine, draining of abscesses, repairing fistulas or widening strictures.
  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressive medications and antibiotics may be used in the treatment of Crohn’s disease
  • Supplements: Supplementary vitamin D, calcium and other vitamins are necessary to replace vitamins that are not absorbed
  • Diet: Certain foods and drinks, such as alcohol, dairy and high-fiber grains may trigger symptoms
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management: Though not the cause of Crohn’s disease, stress may exacerbate symptoms

Your Crohn’s Disease Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Physicians and scientists at Northwestern Medicine are dedicated to developing new treatment options that will improve the lives of those with Crohn’s disease. Your support will help to advance these important efforts and will assist our specialists in understanding the complexities of Crohn’s disease and in providing the very finest patient care.

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