Chidambaram has Crohn’s disease; needs specialized treatment: Sources

Chidambaram has Crohn’s disease; needs specialized treatment: Sources

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Sources close to the family said that the senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has been suffering from the chronic Crohn’s disease. Sources also said that he needs immediate specialised treatment at a super speciality hospital, sources close to him said.

Chidambaram who is currently in Enforcement Directorate(ED) custody in the INX Media money laundering case will be sent to Tihar jail as Delhi court allows 14 day of judicial custody. P. Chidambaram was admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Monday after he complained of stomach ache. He was later referred to AIIMS.

It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) under which the digestive system becomes inflamed. According to US-based non-profit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF), the disease “can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, but most commonly affects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon”.

The CCF, which is engaged in finding cures for the disease, says the disease can also affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall — the organ from where the human waste is discharged.