Crohn’s Disease is a disorder of uncertain etiology. It has often been thought of as an autoimmune disease; however, research suggests that the chronic inflammation may not be due to the immune system attacking the body itself, but rather a result of the immune system attacking the harmless virus, bacteria or food in the gut that causes the inflammation that can lead to bowel injury.
Crohn’s Disease can also cause other parts of the body to become inflammaed (due to chronic inflammatory activity) including the joints, eyes, mouth and skin. Furthermore, gallstones and kidney stones may also develop as a result of Crohn’s Disease.
Moreover, children with the disease may also experience a decreased growth or delayed sexual development.