How does this condition damage the digestive system?
Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes tissue destruction along the gastrointestinal tract, anywhere from the mouth to the anus. This leads to a variety of nasty symptoms, such as abdominal pain, fatigue and unexplained weight loss.
It’s referred to as an immune-related disorder, though it’s not strictly autoimmune because it isn’t the bodies’ own cells triggering a war against itself. Instead, it is thought that a combination of genetics, environmental factors and bacteria in the gut cause the abnormal immune response that attacks healthy cells of the gastrointestinal tract. Currently there is no cure for this disease, though diet and medication can help reduce flare-ups.