Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Signs and symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss, and possible bowel obstruction. Other complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, and tiredness. Crohn's disease is caused by a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. It results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.
In the first of a two-part patient story made by his parents, young Avery was eagerly "Waiting for 2010", the year that he would turn eight and the year that he would be free of his leukemia.
Diagnosed in 2006 at the age of four, Avery was in the pediatric ICU at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for more than a month. After four years of chemotherapy and many surgeries, Avery finished his treatment and was leukemia-free.
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