Accutane and Crohn's Disease
Accutane Linked to Crohn's Disease, Other Serious Gastrointestinal Diseases
Weitz & Luxenberg is able to assist Accutane patients who develop these gastrointestinal diseases: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. If you or someone you love has been affected by Accutane Crohn's disease please complete the form on this page to obtain important information about your legal rights.
Crohn's disease, or Lesniowski-Crohn disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. It can involve any part of it, from the mouth to the anus. It typically affects the terminal ileum as well as demarcated areas of large bowel, with other areas of the bowel being relatively unaffected.
It is often associated with auto-immune disorders outside the bowel, such as aphthous stomatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Crohn's disease should not be confused with a non-progressive and non-degenerative digestive disorder called irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is not an autoimmune disease. Ulcerative colitis is a sibling autoimmune disease to Crohn's but only impacts the colon while Crohn's can impact any part of the digestive tract. Furthermore, Crohn's tends to affect multiple layers of the bowel lining, which can lead to many additional and hard-to-treat complications.
Crohn's patients typically suffer from chronic diarrhea and disrupted digestion, making it difficult for sufferers in the acute phase of the disease to eat and/or digest food. The inflammation can be extremely painful and debilitating. Other common complications of Crohn's include fistulas of the colon, haemorrhoids, lipid absorption problems, and anemia. Bleeding is seen in 20% cases, against 98% cases in ulcerative colitis. Rectal bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anemia. Bruising of the shins, varying fever symptoms, varying levels of pain, and psychological damage is seen in many cases. Children with Crohn's disease may suffer delayed development and stunted growth.
The disease typically first appears in young adults in their late teens and twenties, although it is not unknown for symptoms to first appear quite late in life. Additionally, there has been an increase in cases occurring in young children. Recent studies suggest that up to 30% off all newly diagnosed cases are in children and teens under the age of 18. Estimates suggest that up to 60,000 people in the UK (about 1 in 1200) and 1,000,000 Americans have the disease (around 1 in 300). Some ethnic groups (such as Ashkenazi Jews) have a significantly higher rate of prevalence than others. Increased rates of disease have also been noted in some families, leading to speculation of a possible genetic link.
Epidemiological research indicates that Crohn's belongs to the group of diseases of affluence. In other words, the incidence of the disease is much higher in industrialized countries than elsewhere. However, Crohn's symptoms are typically diagnosed over a long period of time, in order to establish a pattern; in countries where medical help is expensive or less available, it may be difficult to arrive at a diagnosis.
Accutane and Crohn's Disease: Legal Resources
If you or a loved one was treated with Accutane and was subsequently diagnosed with Accutane Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease, our Accutane attorneys may be able to help you seek compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and obtain other financial compensation.
Please complete the form on this page for a confidential review of your potential Accutane lawsuit. A Weitz & Luxenberg representative will contact you as soon as possible.
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