Pictures of Crohn’s disease and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease are available for viewing on MedicineNet, WebMD and eMedicineHealth. The sites host photos, illustrations and information about Crohn’s disease.
On MedicineNet, a visual overview of the disease is available in a slideshow format that includes information about its causes, symptoms and treatment options. WebMD provides visitors with dietary tips and common mistakes made by those who suffer from Crohn's. Visitors to eMedicineHealth find information about medications, surgery, prognosis and follow-up, in addition to the images.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract that begins in the mucosa of the intestines and can invade deeper tissues and areas of the bowel, explains eMedicineHealth. It can damage the intestinal walls, preventing the absorption of nutrients, fats and water. It potentially results in nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, kidney stones and gall stones.
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain or cramping, diarrhea, bloating after eating, constipation in cases where it causes an obstruction, and urinary tract infections, according to eMedicineHealth. It can also cause fatigue, low-grade fever and weight loss.
Because symptoms can be non-specific, Crohn’s disease often goes undetected, explains eMedicineHealth. Blood tests, barium enemas, CT scans and ultrasounds are often used in combination to aid in a diagnosis. An endoscopy is a more definitive diagnostic technique that involves the insertion of a camera-guided tube to examine the intestines, stomach or colon and perform a biopsy.