Crohn's disease, endoscope view

Crohn's disease, endoscope view

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Caption: Crohn's disease. Endoscopic view of inflammation at the ileorectal anastomosis of a patient with Crohn's disease. Anastomosis surgery has been performed to remove the diseased large intestine and join the small intestine (ileum) to the rectum. However the disease has recurred. Crohn's disease causes inflammation, thickening, and ulceration (white areas) of the intestinal tract. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea and the malabsorption of food, leading to weight loss. Treatment normally involves controlling the symptoms and maintaining remission where possible, using anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppressants. Surgical removal of inflamed regions of the intestine is sometimes also.

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