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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Jonah Essers
17 years experience in Pediatric Gastroenterology
I like to think about the removal of the colon in UC as an opportunity for an improved quality of life. While most never have UC symptoms again, some people develop chronic inflammation of the pouch. This is called pouchitis. The pouch is the healthy bowel that gets re-connected to the anus after the colon is removed.
Apr 15, 2014

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