Crohn's Disease

  • Overview

    Crohn's Disease falls under Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is at least two, separate disorders that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and ulceration (sores) of the small and large intestines. These two disorders are called ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease can occur anywhere in the digestive tract but is common in the lower small bowel (ileum) or large bowel. 

    Blackboards and Bathrooms

    Blackboards and Bathrooms      

    IBD is unpredictable, debilitating and stressful -- especially for children living with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. We need to help teachers understand the impact IBD symptoms can have on their students in order to  minimize the negative impact this disease has on students . The CDHF has developed  Blackboards and Bathrooms to provide educators with practical strategies and tools to help their students  reach their academic potential. If your child has IBD, you need to share Blackboards and Bathrooms with your school. Download it now and take it to school tomorrow.

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    Best Practices in IBD Care

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)has an enormous and underappreciated impact on individual Canadians, Canadian society, and the Canadian healthcare system. While our country has a sound base of IBD expertise and infrastructure, research suggests there are more effective models for best practice than we are currently in place.  In the CDHF’s Best Practices for IBD Care Report, we make recommendations that we believe will help create the infrastructure needed to enable timely and equitable access to services, promote best practices, and deliver more efficient and cost-effective care. 

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  • Guides

    Understanding Crohn's Disease (IBD)

    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is at least two, separate disorders that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and ulceration (sores) of the small and large intestines. Crohn's disease can occur anywhere in the digestive tract but is common in the lower small bowel (ileum) or large bowel.

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    IBD Treatment Options: Understanding Your Benefits and Risks

    Making informed decisions is imperative to your good health but understanding the benefits and risks associated with IBD therapy options can be challenging. The CDHF recently developed the IBD BRAT - a tool to help you learn more about common risks as well as important benefits around the therapy options.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Am I going to get cancer because I have IBD?

    People with IBD are at an increased risk of developing colon cancer.  Having regular endoscopies will help identify polyps that could potentially develop into cancer.

    Does diet affect Crohn's or IBD?

    Diet alone is not effective in treating Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. However, it is important that patients with IBD have a well-balanced diet. Calcium is important to protect bones. Fibre may not be tolerated during flare ups. Certain vitamins (for example, B12) may be required. Selected patients may sometimes be helped by a registered dietitian.

    How is Crohn's or IBD different than IBS?

    Although both illnesses can be seriously debilitating, there are several primary differences between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  IBD is an autoimmune disorder that causes swelling and ulcerations (sores) in the bowel.  IBS involves problems with motility (how the bowel moves contents through our intestines) and sensitivity (how the brain interprets sensations in the bowel). Symptoms of IBS may wax and wane and possibly disappear altogether whereas IBD is a chronic condition.

  • Related News

    WebSeminar for those living with IBD

    WebSeminar for those living with IBD
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    Scoring Points against Ulcerative Colitis

    After noticing blood in his stool then losing 40 pounds and feeling drained physically and mentally, NHL player, Fernando Pisani accepted that his career - and life - depended on finding effective treatment for ulcerative colitis.

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    A Craving For Life

    Jonathan Caron is a man with a dream. He is a professional triathlete with a fierce determination. And, he is a man with a true understanding of the devastating impacts of living digestive disease. Jonathan Caron has lived with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis for over 20 years.

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    Finding her Way Back

    Adolescent girls should be worrying about friends, final exams, and what to wear to the next party - not ulcerative colitis. But when Robyn Black of Athabasca, AB, was diagnosed with the disease at the end of Grade 6, she had no energy left for teenage angst.

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  • Videos

    Fecal Calprotectin: The Inside Story on Inflammation

    ​If you have IBD, you know the painful symptoms you suffer from during a flare are caused by inflammation.  Wouldn’t it be great to know -- in advance -- if a flare was on its way, so that you could prevent it from happening? Well, a safe, simple, non-invasive test could help you do just that! Watch the CDHF's latest animation on the Fecal CalProtectin -- or fCal -- test now.

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    Proper Bowel Prep Can Save Your Life

    Too many people skip potentially life-saving procedures because of misunderstandings and misconceptions about the bowel prep. However, most people who have had colonoscopies, will tell you it isn't nearly as bad as you think and that the benefits far outweigh the risks.  Robbie, Anne and Laurie, who range in age from 11 to 80 years,  openly share their experiences with you in this video.

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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

    Helping you understand the details of IBD. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.

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    IBD Protocols to Maximize Your Health

    There is currently no cure for ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, both falling under the IBD banner, but the proper strategy for managing your disease can help you lead a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.  IBD Expert, Dr. Richard Fedorak helps you better understand your disease and treatment options, learn how to get the most from every one of your appointments and incorporate strategies that can help you maximize your health.   

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    IBD with Dr. Richard Fedorak

    At the 2012 CDHF Digestive Health Public Education Forum, Dr. Richard Fedorak gave an interesting and educational presentation on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to a capacity crowd.

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    Living Positively with IBD

    Collectively referred to as IBD, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease cause ulcerations of the intestines and are and life-changing. Join Dr. Richard Fedorak, and Mr. Jeff Sheckter, to learn about IBD, how it affects your body, treatment options, possible complications and how to work with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and proper care so that you can live positively with IBD.

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