Friday, February 06, 2009

Crohn's Disease Affects Children

Last year at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia there were 1,600 children with Crohn’s disease. That number is up from only 300 children in the same hospital ten years ago. Unfortunately, the chronic inflammatory disease is affecting more and more children at an alarming rate.

Crohn’s disease is a condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms are rough on children, and can range from vomiting, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, fever, and fatigue, to relentless diarrhea.

The following article tells the story of Ryan Haney, a 10 year old, fourth grader that has suffered from Crohn’s disease for the last six years, since he was only 3 and half years old. The article speaks with Ryan, his mother Stacey, and Dr. Robert Baldassano, Ryan’s doctor. Dr. Baldassano and his colleagues have found seven genes that cause inflammatory bowel disease and are hopeful for a cure for Crohn’s disease within the next five to fifteen years.

This article also talks about Ryan’s struggle to minimize flare-ups, and one of the medications that Ryan is using: Remicade.

Children And Crohn's Disease

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