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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease?

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Symptoms of Crohn's disease include signs of inflammation of the digestive tract, such as persistent diarrhea, constipation, bleeding from the rectum, pain and cramping in the abdomen, and the immediate need to have a bowel movement, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Anemia, anal fissures that come and go, joint pain, rashes, eye problems and liver disease are also symptoms, notes WebMD.

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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease?
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Crohn's disease is a type of irritable bowel disease (IBD) and can present with general symptoms of IBD such as fever, night sweats, loss of appetite, low energy, fatigue and missed periods, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. The Foundation states that symptoms may not always be present, as the disease can go into remission. There are several different types of Crohn's disease depending on the part of the digestive tract affected, and each type has a set of symptoms associated with it.

The most commonly affected areas of the body are the colon and the last part of the small intestine, according to Mayo Clinic. Symptoms vary in severity and can develop gradually over time or appear suddenly. Delayed growth or delayed puberty in children is also a symptom of Crohn's disease.

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