Granulomatous Ileocolitis and Disability BenefitsEnteritis is a disease that is marked by swelling and irritation of your small intestine. Enteritis may occur in any or all of the three sections of your small intestine. Granulomatous ileocolitis is a chronic, inflammatory, episodic disease of your gastrointestinal tract. Your gastrointestinal tract is made up of your stomach and intestines. Sometimes, your gastrointestinal tract may be used in reference to all of the structures from your mouth to your anus. Your gastrointestinal tract is made up of your upper and lower GI tracts. Your GI tract releases hormones that aid in controlling your digestive process. Granulomatous ileocolitis involves the entire wall of your bowel or intestines that is affected by the disease. Skin lesions that are areas of inflammation take place with areas of normal lining in between. Granulomatous ileocolitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Granulomatous ileocolitis may involve any area of your gastrointestinal tract from your mouth to your anus. Granulomatous ileocolitis usually begins when you are between the ages of 15 and 30. However, this disease can start at any age in your life. There is no predilection for men or women with granulomatous ileocolitis. Granulomatous ileocolitis is referred to in other ways. It is also called Ileitis, Crohns disease, inflammatory bowel disease, IBD - Crohns disease and regional enteritis. The cause of granulomatous has not yet been discovered. In the past, it was thought that stress and diet were the two main things that led to this disease. At the present time, it is now known that granulomatous ileocolitis does not result from diet and stress. However, stress and diet can irritate and make worse the signs and symptoms of this disease. Researchers believe that granulomatous ileocolitis may be an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a form of disease in which your own immune system that normally attacks anything foreign that invades your body, for some unknown reason, attacks the healthy cells and tissues of your body. There are other things that may play a role in leading to granulomatous ileocolitis, These include heredity and environment as being possible factors in bringing about this disease.
Risk Factors of Granulomatous ileocolitisThere are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing granulomatous ileocolitis. Some of these include:
- ? Being of a Jewish ancestry
- ? Having a family history of this disease
- ? The use of isotretinoin (Accutane) for recalcitrant nodular acne
- ? Being between the ages of 15 and 30
- ? Eating a diet that is rich in fats, high in refined sugar and low in fiber
- ? Being a smoker
- ? Living in an industrialized country or an urban area.
Granulomatous Ileocolitis SignsIt is possible that you may experience the signs and symptoms produced by granulomatous ileocolitis for several years before the disease is diagnosed by your doctor. Some of the possible signs and symptoms that you may have are:
- Blood in your stool
- ? Delays in your growth or sexual development
- ? Weight loss that is not intentional
- ? Diarrhea
- ? Cramping and pain in your abdomen
- ? Ulcers
- ? A reduced appetite.