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.
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Jenny Raduenz was born with her intestines on the outside of her body, and has undergone many surgeries during her 24 years. She has short gut syndrome - her small intestine is just 180 centimeters long; the typical length is 22 or 23 feet. Raduenz calls the UW Health Pediatric Short Gut/Intestinal Failure Clinic "a dream come true."