Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease (regional ileitis, regional enteritis) involves chronic non-specific inflammation of the lowest part of the small intestine.  Symptoms may come and go and include diarrhea, abdominal pain, anemia, weight loss, fistula formation, and eventual intestinal blockage.  Stools are soft and … Continue reading

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease (sprue) is an intestinal malabsorption syndrome characterized by diarrhea, malnutrition, and abnormally low calcium in the blood.  A biopsy of the small intestine in this condition reveals microvilli that are flattened, thus significantly reducing absorptive surfaces. Because of … Continue reading