Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
What it is
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, causing patchy inflammation of the lining of the intestines.
Abdominal pain (often in the lower right area of the abdomen), diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, arthritis and fever.
Who gets it
500,000 to 2 million people in the U.S.
While the exact cause is not known, treatments can help alleviate the symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, nutritional supplements, surgery, or a combination of these options to control inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies, and relieve symptoms.
While no special diet relieves symptoms, it is important to follow a nutritious diet, and avoid foods that worsen symptoms.