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.
Verna First of Iowa had a robotic hysterectomy. Shortly after the surgery one of her uterine fibroids came back as a relatively rare cancer of a fibroid. She was diagnosed with endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS), which is a cancerous, fibroid-like tumor. ESS is one of the rarest types of uterine cancer, which accounts for less than one percent of cancers of the reproductive organs. ESS tends to occur in women who are younger than the average age for uterine cancer. Uterine cancer usually occurs in women who are past menopause; ESS is more often seen in premenopausal women in their 40s and 50s.