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What is stricturing Crohn's disease?

There are two subtypes of stricturing Crohn's disease: inflammatory Crohn's disease and fibrostenotic stricturing Crohn's disease. Up to 50 percent of people with Crohn's disease will have some form of a Crohn's disease stricture.

Inflammatory Crohn's disease strictures are due to acute swelling in your small bowel. When you have a lot of swelling, the diameter of your small bowel starts to decrease. As a result, certain types of foods that are harder to digest, or certain pieces of stool, can get stuck there and cause obstructive-type symptoms, such as bloating and distention, nausea, vomiting or severe abdominal pain. Sometimes you can even palpate a firmness on your abdomen.

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