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.