ChristmanWK2 - Pathological Digestive Condition Research FINAL

ChristmanWK2 - Pathological Digestive Condition Research FINAL

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Christman 1 Tiffany Christman/FTMYERS Professor Hazel HHSM/Research Week 2 16 March 2010 Pathological Conditions Affecting Digestive System When I first moved to Florida with my now husband, then boyfriend, we promptly received a phone call that his brother, to whom he was very close, was in intensive care, dying, all the while doctors were trying to determine the cause. Knowing nothing of any digestive disorders at all, I began researching them to have a better communicative understanding with the family and doctors and his diagnosis. Ultimately, they determined he had an advanced stage of diverticulitis and through invasive surgery they were able to correct the malady. From that research years ago, as I sat down to begin researching this assignment, there were a few rarer disorders that popped out at me and I remembered reading of them previously – namely Crohn’s Disease . Over 160 people for every 100,000 are diagnosed each year with Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory infection of the digestive track. This disease is caused by an accumulation of white blood cells in areas of the digestive system from the mouth to the anus, though typically it appears in the small intestine, and this abundance of white blood cells causes inflammation, as white blood cells – or leukocytes – come together to fight infection. The reason for their accumulation is still undetermined for certain, though many doctors believe it is due to the inherited immune system identifying food and necessary bacteria in the body as an infection, causing the swelling and abdominal pain (National Institutes of Health).
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