We are a medical centre of reference for the diagnosis and treatment of Crohn's disease as an autoimmune disease.
What is Crohn's disease?
Crohn's disease is a autoimmune pathology which affects the digestive tract and involves any region of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus.
Like all autoimmune diseases, the patient's immune system attacks the intestinal mucosa, causing inflammation and abdominal pain.
It is an idiopathic disease, i.e. the cause is unknown. But with a very definite symptom: Crohn's disease patients go to the toilet many times a day, at least 3 times a day, and up to 10 times a day in the acute phase.
The disease is most prevalent in outbreaks, particularly in spring and autumn.
Causes of Crohn's disease
In our biological medicine clinic, we start by tackling a causal diagnosis. It is necessary to know why the patient is affected, the genetic load and the degree of involvement and aggression of the immune system.
Once all this has been established, an assessment is made which leads to a treatment protocol.
Symptoms of Crohn's disease
Patients with Crohn's disease present with abdominal pain and swelling. They usually go with high frequency of bathing3 to 10 times a day, in the acute phase. The stool consistency is pasty or liquid (often accompanied by mycosis, intestinal candidiasis). In addition, obstruction of the intestine, sores and ulcers in the affected area or surrounding tissues, nutritional deficiencies, anaemia, arthritis may occur.
Other symptoms that may occur include bowel obstruction; sores and ulcers in the affected area or surrounding tissues, such as the bladder; tunnels around the anus and rectum, called fistulas; nutritional deficiencies; anaemia; arthritis; skin problems; kidney stones, gallstones or other diseases of the liver and biliary system.
Treatment of Crohn's disease
Depending on the diagnosis, a personalised treatment. Our first objective is to reduce the number of bowel movements, eliminate pain and compact the stool to normalise the alteration of the intestinal flora that causes the disease. We will have to replenish the flora and eliminate associated intestinal infections (which can be several: candidiasis, geoticum...).
It is also necessary to regulate the immune system, which is key to being able to stop the processes and, above all, to prevent alterations in other regions of the organism that lead to the maintenance of the autoimmune process.