Crohn’s disease is best described as an inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract causing pain and diarrhea. Without treatment, it can develop into blockages, fistulas (small tunnels through tissue) and scar tissue.
Crohn’s disease typically affects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon. However, it may affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. It is most commonly diagnosed in people ages 20 to 30, and those with a family history of inflammatory bowel disease have a 20% higher chance of developing it.