Crohn’s Complications: Part One

Crohn’s Complications: Part One
(Editor’s note: This is the first in another series by Mary Horsley. "Crohn's Complications" will focus on IBD-related complications.) Welcome to my latest series, "Crohn's Complications." I will write about the complications beyond the symptoms and focus on the more extreme medical emergencies that Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can induce. As mentioned in my "Beyond the Bathroom" series, and as many IBD patients can tell you, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are much more than just bathroom illnesses. Recently, I came across an image on Pinterest that suggested a writer on the film Alien, Dan O'Bannon, drew on his experiences and pain with Crohn's disease to conceive the idea for a scene in which an alien tears through a victim's stomach. The post also stated that, sadly, O'Bannon died due to complications from Crohn's disease. Of course, I shared the image as much as I could. Often in conversations, and especially since sharing the image, I am asked what type of complications can come with Crohn's disease? What major issues, surgeries, and problems can arise because of inflammatory bowel diseases? And, terrifyingly enough, what could potentially lead to death? So, I take questions and concerns and turn them into a learning experience for myself and others. I have had only what I consider minor surgeries when compared to others who have a lifetime of circumstances and experiences due to Crohn's disease. Remember, each patient is unique in terms of symptoms and disease, and what may happen for others may not necessarily be your path, too. Complicat
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