UNDERSTANDING CD

WHAT IS CROHN’S DISEASE?

Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). No one really knows exactly what causes Crohn’s. The symptoms of Crohn’s begin when the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the digestive tract, causing inflammation. The digestive tract runs from the mouth to the anus, and includes the stomach and intestines.

Intestine

CROHN’S causes inflammation in the digestive tract. Crohn’s more commonly affects the end of the small intestine and the large intestine.

In Crohn’s, patches of the intestine may be diseased while other sections remain healthy and the inflammation affects every layer of the intestine.

Over 700,000 people in the United States currently have Crohn’s, with approximately 33,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

Crohn’s patients

5 out of 10 Crohn’s patients will achieve remission over a period of 5 years with medical treatment.

Diet

Diet does not have a proven effect on IBD, but some patients find that certain foods may aggravate symptoms.

Flares

In some IBD patients, elevated stress levels may lead to flares.

Ask your doctor if REMICADE® can help control your Crohn’s symptoms.

REMICADE® isn’t right for everyone, and individual results may vary. Talk with your doctor to decide if REMICADE® may be right for you.