Crohn’s disease is a condition which causes the lining of the digestive system to become inflamed. Whilst this inflammation can affect any part of the digestive system, it most commonly occurs in the colon or ileum. Around 115,000 people in the UK suffer from Crohn’s disease, with most cases developing between the ages of 16 and 30. Sufferers often experience long periods with no symptoms (remission) followed by flare-ups.
Symptoms can include:
- Blood/mucus in stools;
- Abdominal pain; and
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, but it’s thought that a combination of factors could be responsible for the development of the disease, including genetics, immune system problems, smoking, environmental factors and previous infections.
There is no cure for the condition, but treatment is usually in the form of medication such as corticosteroids and immunosuppressants, which are aimed at controlling symptoms and stopping the inflammatory process. In rare cases, surgery to remove the inflamed part of the intestine may be needed.
Complications can occur over time, as inflammation could damage the digestive system, leading to narrowing of the intestine or the development of a fistula between the bowel and anus or vagina. People with Crohn’s disease are also more at risk of vitamin B12 anaemia, iron deficiency anaemia and osteoporosis.
Failure to diagnose Crohn’s disease could lead to pain and suffering for patients.
Have you suffered due to medical negligence?
Failure to diagnose Crohn’s disease may mean that you have suffered unnecessarily. As well as worrying about what is wrong with you, you may have needed to take time off work for your illness and been left unable to manage or treat your symptoms. You may even have needed surgery for your inflamed intestine, which could have been avoided.
If you’ve been affected by medical negligence, don’t suffer in silence. Take action and find out whether you could be eligible to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
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Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown