Accutane Crohn’s Disease
Tracy Ray | May 25th, 2012
Accutane, an acne medication, has been shown to have serious side effects, most of them relating to Accutane inflammatory bowel disease. One type of IBD caused by Accutane is Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body’s immune system is mistakenly attacking and destroying healthy tissue. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract and may involve the large intestine, the small intestine, the rectum, or the mouth. The disease was named after gastroenterologist Burrill Bernard Crohn who, along with two colleagues, first described the ailment in 1932 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. At that time, it was called “regional ileitis.”
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include fever, chronic diarrhea, bloody stools, abdominal cramping, inflammation of the mouth and eyes, loss of appetite, anemia, and weight loss.
These symptoms may also appear with other IBDs such as ulcerative colitis. In making a diagnosis, doctors will examine what part of the gastrointestinal tract is affected. Ulcerative colitis affects only the large intestine and rectum, whereas Crohn’s disease can strike anywhere along the digestive tract, including the mouth and small intestine. Furthermore, Crohn’s disease can strike sporadically, affecting different parts of the digestive tract but leaving healthy sections in between, whereas other forms of Accutane inflammatory bowel disease affect one section with no breaks. In addition, Crohn’s disease affects all the layers of the intestine, in contrast to ulcerative colitis, which only affects the top layer.
Treatment of Crohn’s disease
There is no cure for Crohn’s disease. Patients with this condition work closely with their doctors to find a treatment plan that can help them manage the disease. Treatment plans may need to be adjusted or changed throughout their lifetime. Some treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, drugs that suppress the immune system, antibiotics when infections set in, vitamins or nutritional supplements to restore nutrients that are lost during chronic diarrhea, and/or surgery to remove damaged sections of the digestive tract.
People who are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, or any other Accutane IBD, may need ongoing monitoring and medical treatment for the rest of their lives. Many people who have developed Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases after taking the acne drug have gone on to file an Accutane lawsuit in hopes of getting compensation for ongoing and growing medical expenses.
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