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Crohn's Diease: Nutrition and Supplementation

LIst several goals for feeding a patient with Crohn's Disease/Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Also, discuss recent research with regards to nutrition, diet modifications or supplementation for patients.

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Crohn disease is a chronic disease that has periods of remission and relapse. It is an inflammation and ulceration process that occurs in deep layers of the intestinal wall. The common area affected is the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum, and the first part of the colon. The type of Crohn's disease is called ileocolitis. Crohn's disease can affect any part of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Aphthous ulcers, which are similar to cold sores. Ulcers can occur in esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine (duodenum).

Thus, the nutritionist may prescribe higher calorie and protein foods and liquid supplements. Those with Crohn's disease may improve nutritionist support and it may be necessary to provide nutrition by delivering a nutrient rich liquid formula directly into stomach or small bowel. Known as enteral nutrition, this type of feeding is given overnight through tube and mostly from nose to the ...

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This library entry discusses Crohn's disease and the dietary patterns that are appropriate for patients.