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Crohn’s Disease Treatment

How is Crohn’s disease treated?

The treatment of Crohn’s disease will vary with each individual and will depend on the location and severity of inflammation within the GI tract. It is important to remember that Crohn’s disease cannot be cured by medication or surgery. Both treatment strategies however can effectively relieve symptoms and give one a better quality of life.

Medication

Several types of medications are available that reduce the inflammation and give the intestines a chance to heal. Often, the same medications will be used in treating flare-ups and preventing symptoms during remission, but will usually be administered in different dosages and schedules.

Surgery

Some people with Crohn’s disease might require surgery to remove diseased portions of the intestine or to treat complications that arose when a medical treatment was ineffective. But even if diseased parts of the intestines are removed, Crohn’s disease can re-appear in other areas.

Crohn’s Disease Diet

Proper diet and nutrition play an important role in relieving symptoms of Crohn’s disease, replacing lost nutrients, and preventing unwanted weight loss.

X-Rays and Endoscopy Procedures

Although x-rays and endoscopy procedures are generally kept to a minimum for those diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, it is likely they will need to be repeated from time to time to determine success after surgery or, more routinely:
• to check on the extent of the inflammation
• to see if there are any changes in tissues (e.g., development of pre-cancerous cells)
• to determine whether on not a particular treatment strategy is working.

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The latest news and Research

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10 tips to feel better during flare-Ups

Posted: November 4 2018

You’ve had weeks on end symptom free, but you know it can’t stay this way forever. As people living with Crohn’s disease, we are often waiting for the other shoe to drop. When will Crohn’s rear its ugly head once again? Flares are a frustrating, unfortunate reality with Crohn’s. To help you the next time […]

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Crohn’s disease can’t stop Shane

Posted: October 22 2018

A Bunbury father is shaking off any ignominy around a disease many are reluctant to speak out about with an ultimate goal of finding a cure. Shane Maher was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 26. “My life is different, I have to be mindful at all times of my condition,” the now […]

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for using evolution to develop adalimumab (Humira)

Posted: October 8 2018

Scientists Frances Arnold, George Smith and Sir Gregory Winter have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research using directed evolution to produce enzymes for new chemicals and pharmaceuticals, the award-giving body says. “This year’s Nobel Laureates in chemistry have been inspired by the power of evolution and used the same principles — genetic […]

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Breastfeeding can limit Crohn’s progression in children

Posted: October 8 2018

Children with Crohn’s disease who are breastfed are less likely to experience progression to stricturing or penetrating disease, while other environmental factors, like smoking, are linked to adverse events among this population, according to research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH, of the division of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues examined […]

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Family history tied to nearly eightfold increased CRC risk for IBD patients

Patients with IBD who have a first-degree relative with a history of colorectal cancer have a higher risk for also being diagnosed with that cancer.

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease who have a first-degree relative with a history of colorectal cancer have a higher risk for also being diagnosed with that cancer, according to research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. N. Jewel Samadder, MD, MSc, of the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and colleagues wrote that although […]

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Colonoscopies: Why are they performed and when should you have them?

Posted: September 7 2018

A recent study found up to 20 per cent of all procedures performed in a New South Wales hospital were either unhelpful or harmful. Some of these, which included performing a colonoscopy for constipation, were becoming more prevalent. A colonoscopy is a test where a small, flexible tube is inserted into the bowel to check for abnormalities […]

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