What is the goal of treating Crohn's disease?

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Eliminating all inflammation through different immune-suppressive medications is the ultimate goal for treating Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory bowel disease associated with symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Uncontrolled inflammation of the GI tract from Crohn’s disease can lead to long term damage, specifically narrowing of the bowel (stenosis), uncharacteristic connections between different organs (fistulas), and pus pocket formations (abscesses). A large percentage of patients who do not control their inflammation will require surgery.  To monitor inflammation, doctors use many different tests: inflammatory markers in the blood (CRP, ESR, platelets) and stool (fecal calprotectin), imaging of the abdomen (MRI, CT scans), and various endoscopy tests (colonoscopy).  However, the best marker of inflammation is often how a patient feels.  

The understanding of Crohn's Disease in recent years has increased in the medical community. Learn more from Dr. Eugene Yen on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem about treating Crohn's Disease.

 

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