People living with Crohn’s disease have an increased risk of developing other conditions. These may include colorectal cancer, asthma, and a number of autoimmune diseases.
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in a person’s digestive tract.
It most commonly affects the small intestine and the start of the large intestine.
This article discusses six examples of the conditions that commonly occur alongside Crohn’s disease.
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A person with Crohn’s disease may also develop:
- joint pain
- eye pain or redness
- loss of appetite
- skin changes that typically include tender, red bumps under the skin
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with Crohn’s disease are
A person may have colorectal cancer that displays
- a change in bowel habits
- blood in the stool
- a feeling that the bowel is not emptying all the way
- unexplained weight loss
- abdominal cramps, pain, or aches that do not go away
If a person has Crohn’s disease in their large intestine, which includes the colon, they
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Symptoms for all of these conditions may vary. However, some potential symptoms of CVD include:
- chest pain or pressure in the chest
- shortness of breath
- pain or discomfort in the:
- left shoulder
- cold sweats
Common symptoms of asthma
- shortness of breath
- chest tightness
- coughing, particularly during the night or in the early morning
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Symptoms of psoriasis often come and go. During a flare-up, a person’s symptoms can become worse. When a person is in remission following treatment, their symptoms can go away entirely. Periods of remission may last from about 1–12 months.
Research suggests that
If a person has MS, their immune system
Symptoms of MS can be different from person to person, and how often and severely they affect someone can vary. Common symptoms
- difficulty walking or balancing
- numbness or weakness, especially in the arms and legs
- vision problems
- muscle stiffness
- difficulty thinking clearly
- problems with urinating
- problems with sexual function
A 2022 systematic review and meta-analysis found that MS was
The condition mainly affects a person’s joints, most commonly in the knees, hands, and wrists.
Common symptoms of RA include:
- tenderness and swelling in more than one joint
- stiffness, aching, or pain in more than one joint
- unintentional weight loss
The symptoms are often present on both sides of a person’s body, such as both knees or hands.
A person living with Crohn’s disease should speak with a healthcare professional if they experience new or worsening symptoms.
New symptoms may be a sign that another condition is present. A doctor can work out if someone has another underlying condition and suggest appropriate treatment.
Individuals with Crohn’s disease have an increased risk of developing a number of other conditions. These include colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, and psoriasis.
Symptoms vary considerably between different conditions and they may also overlap with symptoms of Crohn’s disease, in some cases.
A person should consider speaking with a doctor if they think they may be experiencing another condition alongside Crohn’s disease.