• Crohn's Disease Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Auto-immune disorder : Body's immune system attack and destroy healthy body tissue considering them as to be foreign.

Peritonitis:inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs.

Mal-absorption: abnormality in absorption of food nutrients such as certain sugars, fats, proteins, or vitamins.

Erythema Nodosum: A type of skin inflammation resulting in red, painful lumps.

Pyoderma gangrenosum: A condition marked by deep ulcers due to death of the tissues.

Aphthous stomatitis: Repeated formation of mouth ulcers

Ankylosing Spondylitis: An auto-immune condition causing chronic inflammation and arthritis of spine and other joints

Sacroiliitis: Inflammation of the joints where the lower spine and pelvis meet.

Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy: A syndrome of clubbing of the digits, periosteitis (inflammation of membranes enveloping the bone) of the long bones and arthritis.

Anterior uveitis: Inflammation of the iris also called iritis.

Episcleritis: Inflammation of a thin layer of tissue that lies between the conjunctiva and the connective tissue layer that forms the white of the eye (sclera).