Lazy Immune Cells May Cause Crohn’s Disease

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

A recent article posted on New Scientist’s website suggests that Crohn’s disease may actually be caused by immune cells that aren’t doing enough in the beginning phases of bacterial infection.  This theory is in contrast to what was originally believed, which is that Crohn’s disease is caused by an over-exuberant immune system. 

Approximately 1 in 1000 people in the United States and Europe suffer from Crohn’s disease.  Some of the symptoms of this medical condition include abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, fatigue and cramping.  

Anthony Segal from the University College of London, along with his colleagues, discovered that there was a weaker immune response in patients with Crohn’s disease than healthy people after both groups were injected with heat-killed Escherichia coli.    

Based on the new findings, it is possible that some of the treatments for Crohn’s disease may be making things worse, instead of helping.  Treatments for Crohn’s disease often focus on suppressing the immune system. 

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