Crohn’s Disease Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes bowel inflammation and a range of other nasty symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, you should visit the board-certified gastroenterologists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, for an accurate diagnosis and expert treatment. With their help, you can manage Crohn’s disease for a better quality of life, so call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Crohn’s Disease Q & A

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract that can be painful and disabling.

Without treatment, Crohn’s disease can cause serious damage to the tissues in your intestines, and lead to potentially life-threatening complications.

Crohn’s disease is incurable, but the expert team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group has considerable expertise in managing patients who have Crohn’s to optimize their health and quality of life.

What are the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease causes a range of distressing and unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloody stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Fever
  • Mouth sores


These symptoms might be severe for a while and then go into remission for weeks or months, sometimes longer.

What Causes Crohn’s Disease?

The cause of Crohn’s disease isn’t clear, but there are factors that can increase your risk of developing the condition. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Taking NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)


Crohn’s disease typically affects people before they reach 30.

How is Crohn’s Disease Diagnosed?

Crohn’s disease causes similar symptoms to other gastrointestinal problems, and, as yet, no test can positively identify the condition. For those reasons, it’s important for your provider at Illinois Gastroenterology Group to rule out any other possible causes for your symptoms.

As well as reviewing your medical history, discussing your current symptoms, and carrying out a physical exam, your provider also needs to run tests. 

These could include blood tests, diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays and CT scans, or procedures like colonoscopy to view the condition of your colon. 

Your provider might ask you to swallow a small camera that looks like a pill. Capsule endoscopy records images of your intestinal tract as it travels through your body, which your provider can review on a monitor.

How is Crohn’s Disease Treated?

With expert management under the team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group, you have every chance of managing your condition successfully.

Your provider prepares a treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and the types of symptoms you have. Potential treatments include:

  • Nutrition therapy
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Corticosteroids
  • Biologics
  • Antibiotics
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Immune-suppressing drugs


To find out more about managing Crohn’s disease, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today or book an appointment online.