Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Crohn's Disease

WHAT IS CROHN'S DISEASE?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and occurs when the walls of the digestive system become inflamed. Inflammation can occur anywhere, ranging from the mouth, stomach, bowel, and anus, however, the small bowel or the first part of the large bowel are the most commonly affected areas.

A person may not experience any symptoms when the disease is inactive, however when the disease is active also known as a flare up, the severity and longevity of the symptoms will vary between each person, and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include diarrhoea, pain in the abdomen, weight loss, constipation, and fatigue.               

Crohn’s disease is diagnosed by taking a range of tests including blood tests, faecal (bowel motion) examination, x-rays, colonoscopy and gastroscopy, computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help you manage your Crohn’s disease. Diet requirements vary when you experience flare ups or the disease is inactive, therefore a multi-phase approach to diet progression will be undertaken. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your weight, blood test results, and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Bowel Cancer Australia

REFERENCES

Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders