What is the goal of treating Crohn's disease?

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.


Continue Learning about Crohn's Disease

Are Bad Bacteria the Culprit in Crohn's?
Are Bad Bacteria the Culprit in Crohn's?
Doctors still don’t know what causes Crohn’s disease, a puzzling syndrome that causes severe inflammation and damage in the digestive tract. But a gro...
Read More
What can I do if my child feels overwhelmed by Crohn's disease?
Jumo HealthJumo Health
If your child ever feels overwhelmed, worried or sad about having Crohn's disease, remind him or her...
More Answers
How is Crohn's disease treated?
St Francis Medical CenterSt Francis Medical Center
There are several things that can be done to treat Crohn’s disease. You’ll have frequent follow-up v...
More Answers
What Is Crohn's Disease?
What Is Crohn's Disease?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.