Crohn’s Disease

Knowing more about Crohn’s Disease can help you to feel better informed and able to take a more active part in decisions about your treatment.

We hope this booklet will give you and your family and friends a better understanding of Crohn’s and how it is treated.

Crohn’s Disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system (also known as the gastrointestinal tract or gut). Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury or irritation, and can cause redness, swelling and pain.

Crohn’s Disease is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The other main form of IBD is a condition known as Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s is sometimes described as a chronic condition. This means that it is ongoing and life-long, although you may have periods of good health (remission) as well as times when symptoms are more active (relapses or flare-ups). In many people the disease runs a benign course with few flare-ups, while other people may have more severe disease. Crohn’s Disease is not infectious.

At present there is no cure for Crohn’s, but drugs, and sometimes surgery, can give long periods of relief from symptoms.

How does Crohn's affect the gut?
What are the main symptoms?
How will Crohn's affect my life?
How common is Crohn's Disease?
What causes Crohn's Disease?
What are the different types of Crohn's Disease?
Can Crohn's cause complications within the bowel?
How does Crohn's affect other parts of the body?
Could my symptoms be IBS?
How is Crohn's diagnosed?
Will I need repeated tests?
What drugs are used to treat Crohn's?
Other treatments and over the counter drugs
What is Dietary Treatment?
What about surgical treatment for Crohn's?
Does Crohn's run in families?
How does Crohn's affect children and young people?
Living well with Crohn's
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Other useful organisations
How we write our information

Last reviewed: October 2016