Causes , symptoms and treatments
If you always end up feeling as if some butterflies are flitting in your stomach, with a need to
feel chained to the bathroom or throw up now and then, you probably are not struck with a
metaphor but an ailment in the name of Crohn’s Disease known to many as Chrome Disease.
What is Chrome Disease?
Chrome disease is an inflammatory disease causing swelling in the digestive or gastrointestinal
tract. The swelling can be anywhere from the mouth to the food-pipe or the anus but the
most commonly affected area is the small intestine or the ileum. The swelling causes irritation
interrupting the smooth functioning of the digestive processes. Chrome disease is an
inflammatory bowel condition and is often mistaken for IBS or colitis or ulcers.
There are no test-proven results to show evidence for the exact cause for Chrome disease. But
the disease manifests when the immune system of the human body doesn’t differentiate
between the good bacteria present in the digestive system and the bad bacteria (antigens or
foreign bodies) that invade the human system. So the army of the body’s immune system end
up killing both the good and the bad. And this stalls the digestive functioning as the good
bacteria play a critical role in absorption of nutrients and assimilation as well. Research also
claims that people with a family history of digestive disorders in the way of irritable bowel
conditions are most likely susceptible to this disease.
Symptoms of Chrome
Some of the commonly manifest symptoms of Chrome disease are pain in the abdomen
(lower right area), the frequent urge to pass stools, (diarrhea) bloody stools, rectal bleeding,
(persistent bleeding can lead to anemia) weight loss, skin-problems and arthritis. Children
afflicted with the conditions can show symptom of stunted growth and delayed milestone.
Some of the more complicated symptoms include thickening of the walls of the intestine
constricting the passage, causing scar, ulcers also affecting neighbouring tissues such as the
bladder and vagina. If the rectal-anal part is affected, fistulas may also appear.
The medical techniques for detecting Chrome disease are more thorough as the symptoms
overlap with other irritable bowel conditions.
Some of it are the barium meal X-ray (X-rays of the Gastrointestinal tract after asking the
patient to consume some prescribed quantity of Barium solution), colonoscopy for an internal
examination of the large intestines through a colon tube, sigmoidoscopy and in some cases
biopsy (plucking a part of the intestinal tissue and giving it further examination) is also done
(as a fool-proof measure)
Treatment involves drugs, therapy or surgery or a combination of the three. Just as any
ailment is better nipped off in the bud, Chromes treatment and recovery is determined by