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Crohn's disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the lower digestive tract. Although it can affect any part of the digestive system, it typically extends from the end of the small intestine, called the ileum, to the colon, which is the beginning of the large intestine.
The use of Accutane has been associated with the development of Crohn’s disease. If you were prescribed Accutane and been affected by this very serious condition, contact us today to discuss your legal rights. You may be entitled to recover damages for your suffering and medical treatment.
People often mistake Crohn's disease for other gastrointestinal disorders like ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), since those afflictions have similar symptoms. However, the inflammation associated with Crohn’s usually attacks deep into the wall of the bowels, unlike Ulcerative Colitis, which only affects the lining of the bowels.
The symptoms can be mild or severe, persistent or periodic. They often include:
- Bleeding of the rectum
- Chronic diarrhea
- Pain or cramping in the stomach or abdomen
- Loss of appetite
In addition to the noticeable symptoms of Crohn's disease, many complications can develop including tears in the anal canal, malnutrition, intestinal obstructions, infections, and dehydration. Such complications with the digestive process can lead to problems with other vital areas such as the joints, eyes and skin.
Although currently there is no known cure for Crohn's disease, there are treatment options available to control many of the symptoms and inflammation associated with the condition. These can range in extremity from medications to surgery to clear blockage or repair intestinal damage.
If you have been affected with any of the above symptoms after taking Accutane, Contact us today for a confidential evaluation of your case. We have a legal team setup to specifically help Accutane victims.
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