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Crohn’s Disease

Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division


Crohn’s disease affects as many as 780,000 Americans. Adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 35 are at a higher risk of getting Crohn’s Disease, but the disease can occur at any age. The board-certified gastroenterology team at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division treats patients with Crohn’s disease at their offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Highland, New York. If you’re seeking treatment for Crohn’s disease, call the office nearest you today to book an appointment or use the online booking feature.

Crohn's Disease Q & A

Crohn's Disease

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. It's classified as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involving chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Crohn's typically targets the small end of the bowel and the colon but can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract (from the mouth to the anus).

What are the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease?

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease vary from one patient to the next but may include:

  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Constipation
  • Urgent need for bowel movements
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • The sensation of incomplete bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal menstrual cycle

If you think you might have any of these Crohn’s disease symptoms, it’s important to get them checked out as soon as possible, as they may be an indication of a serious problem. Put your mind at ease, and call Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division today to schedule an appointment to get thoroughly tested and diagnosed.

What causes Crohn’s disease?

Stress and diet can aggravate Crohn’s disease, but medical researchers don’t think they’re the primary cause. We’re not sure what causes Crohn’s disease, but research shows genetics and environmental factors contribute to the development of the disease.

Who is at risk for developing Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease appears to run in families, meaning if someone in your family has Crohn’s disease, then everyone in the family is at an increased risk for developing the disease. 

Medical research studies show that 5% to 20% of individuals afflicted with Crohn’s disease have a parent, child, or sibling with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. 

The disease is more prevalent among eastern European cultures, although an increasing number of people among African American populations have reported Crohn’s disease.

What are the treatment options for Crohn’s disease?

The team at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division combines medication and dietary adjustments to manage Crohn’s disease. Once the team controls the inflammation with medication, they work with you to implement dietary changes. 

Each patient has unique needs, and your doctor tailors your meal plan to address your specific needs. Many patients benefit from adding protein and healthy carbs to their diet. Your doctor may also recommend supplements, including vitamins B12 and D. 

However, in general, they recommend eating several smaller meals throughout the day, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, dairy products with lactose, and junk food. 

If you’re concerned about Crohn’s disease, call Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division, or schedule a consultation online today.