IBD School 102 What is Crohn's Disease?

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To help you, your friends and family better understand Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the team of experts at the University of Michigan Crohn’s & Colitis Program have created a series of short, educational videos called IBD School.

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28 Responses to "IBD School 102 What is Crohn’s Disease?"

  1. Cure Crohn's and Colitis   March 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    So just what exactly IS Crohn’s Disease?
    This excellent video quickly and clearly explains what this condition is
    and how it affect its sufferers.
    It also describes the treatments curently available for Crohn’s Disease and
    what remains to discover about the causes and potential cures of the

  2. The Crohns Colitis Effect   March 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    *IBD School 102 – What is Crohn’s Disease*

    I just found this *GREAT* series about IBD ( Inflammatory Bowel Disease )
    on +YouTube. Its from +University of Michigan Health System and is lead by
    Dr. Peter Higgins, a world renowned specialist on IBD, Crohn’s, and

    Each day I plan on sharing one of the videos in this series. Each one of
    them are approximately 4 minutes long. Each video does an *EXCELLENT* job
    of explaining IBD, Crohn’s, and Colitis in a way that everyone can
    understand. These video’s aren’t just for those inflicted with the disease.
    They are for everyone to get a better understanding of what this disease is
    about! I ask that you all take just a few minutes to watch them and get a
    better understand of it all. Remember: *Knowledge is Power!!!*?

  3. Peter Higgins   March 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    In general, finding a gastroenterologist near who who specializes in IBD
    therapy can often help. It can be helpful to go to the CCFA website
    ( to find an IBD specialist near you.

  4. Dr.James Meschino   March 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing this video. This is very informative video. Crohn’s
    disease is an inflammatory condition that usually affects the final part of
    the small intestine and the beginning section of the large intestine. It
    often causes bloody stools and mal-absorption problems. Thanks Dr. James
    Meschino Naturalhealthtest(dot)com

  5. Peter Higgins   March 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Rectal sparing (in the absence of therapy) is common in Crohn’s disease but
    considered never present in ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease definitely
    can affect the rectum, and is often seen in patients with perianal fistulas.

  6. AuosProductions   March 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    just got diagnosed with this after a colonoscopy. This has given me a bit
    more of an understanding of what and where the problem is, thanks.

  7. babecakes323   March 13, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I think my BF may have it but I do not know how to get him to see a doctor.

  8. Paukachu   March 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Thank you ^^

  9. Peter Higgins   March 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

    It can be difficult when so many people assume that a severe autoimmune
    disease is something you can control with diet, if you just try hard
    enough. If we can get the information out there so people can understand,
    hopefully they will be more sympathetic.

  10. Peter Higgins   March 14, 2014 at 12:49 am

    The wall of the terminal ileum is very rich in immune cells, which may be
    why it is most susceptible to involvement with Crohn’s disease

  11. Todd Metzger   March 14, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Doctors think I have this, because I have alot of blood in my stool, and
    sometimes, just blood comes out.

  12. Peter Higgins   March 14, 2014 at 1:51 am

    @AuosProductions – Thanks – please share the link with others with IBD.

  13. Peter Higgins   March 14, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Agreed. Unfortunately the symptoms are often pretty vague, and it can take
    years to be diagnosed properly.

  14. 4thdimensionnc1   March 14, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Peter, where can i find that piano song playing in the background at the
    begging and end of the video segment?

  15. Jim Fulton   March 14, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I was diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was 17 (I’m now 54) I also am in Stage
    5 Kidney Failure, but am not on dialysis yet. Every time I have had a
    flare, the kidneys seem to worsen but get better after the flare passes.
    The Nephrologist I’ve been seeing for the last 13 years, thinks I was born
    with bad kidneys to begin with but because of the Crohn’s it makes it all
    that much worse on the kidneys. Have you known of anyone else that has
    kidney problems that could be related to Crohn’s?

  16. Peter Higgins   March 14, 2014 at 4:19 am

    If you like this video, share the link with friends

  17. dan j   March 14, 2014 at 4:42 am

    The paleo diet works for me,have no problems since my first flare

  18. photobart1   March 14, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I have had Crohns for 38 years. Not a fun journey. It has robbed me of a
    normal life, that is for sure. It has been a big burden on my work and
    family which has caused depression at times. Only another person with the
    disease can fully understand how one feels.

  19. PfeifJarobi   March 14, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I’m still confused. So when I discussed fistulas with a surgeon I was
    berated because I mentioned the rectum. He stated that they are “anus only”
    – which are why they called fistula-in-ano (starting from the anal crypts
    near the pectinate (dentate) line). So, “rectal sparing” is common – but
    not an outright rule? Do I have that correct?

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