digestive system

digestive system

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  • The stomach is a major structure of the digestive system.  It is a hollow organ that holds food while enzymes further breakdown the food.
  • The duodenum is largely responsible for the breaking down process with enzymes released by the pancreas and bile from the liver.
  • The small intestine is another major structure of the system. It is made up of the duodenum, the jejunum, and the ileum.
  • The jejunum and ileum are mainly responsible for absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream.
  • Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation in your digestive tract.   
  • The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. It is possible that a virus could trigger the disease since while the immune system attacks the virus an abmormal immune respons could attack cells in the digestive tract.
  • Symptoms may include: diarrhea,fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, blood in stool, and many more.
  • To diagnosis Crohn's disease there are a number of tests that might be used. A colonoscopy is a test that allows the doctor  to see the entire colon and end of your ileum using a flexible tube with a camera attached.
  • Another test that could be used is a capsule endoscopy. For this you would swallow a capsule that has a camera in it that takes pictures of your small intestine with are transmitted to a computer.  The camera exits the body in the stool.
  • Immune system suppressors also reduce inflammation but target the immune system. 
  • There is no cure for Crohn's disease but there are treatments to manage symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs are often taken as a treatment to help reduce the imflammation in the body.
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