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Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Maybe: It is possible for underlying ibd to complicate post-operative care of patients requiring segmental colectomy for complicated diverticular disease (i.e. Perforation) especially when it comes to reversal in the setting of active ibd. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more of the small pouches in the digestive tract ...Read more


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Is ibs(irritable bowel syndrome) a true medical condition ?

Is ibs(irritable bowel syndrome) a true medical condition ?

Yes.: In ibs, the bowel looks normal, even under the microscope. But it reacts to stimuli differently than normal bowel does. For instance, distention that does not cause pain in a normal bowel can cause a great deal of pain in someone with ibs. There is ongoing research on this. ...Read more

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Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

UC: Question as to which is more serious, Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis, misses the point that these are different intensities of disorder along a spectrum of manifestation wherein intestinal smooth muscle function is hyperdynamic due to neurologic autonomic system impingement & over-stimulation. Ulcerative Colitis represents greater intensity of these dysfunctions; involving inflammation & bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the hidden rare forgotten reasons behind absence of bowel movement (lazy bowel) for Crohn's patients , even Crohn's is treated successfully ?

What are the hidden rare forgotten reasons behind absence  of bowel movement (lazy bowel) for Crohn's patients , even Crohn's is treated successfully ?

Constipation?: Absence of bowel movements is usually due to constipation and believe it or not Crohns patients can get constipated. Good control of the disease also can reduce bowel movements. If you are under good control and you see your doctor regularly it could be constipation or diverticular disease. Advise you follow up with your GI doctor and be sure he checks you. ...Read more

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What could cause inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

What could cause inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

Hmmm....: How do we know it is none of those? Biopsy would be the next step in determining a cause, but you must have had a biopsy to know that it was none of the above? I would suspect that this is Crohn's - maybe mild. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...Read more

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Is ileus with fecal stasis dangerous?

Is ileus with fecal stasis dangerous?

Not usually: An ileus is a slowing down of the motility or flow through the bowel, and can occur typically when someone is taking a lot of pain meds, or has recently had a big operation. Some metabolic problems can cause it also. It generally doesn't require an operation, contrary to a bowel obstruction, which may. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two. A surgeon can help differentiate. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes: Remember , IBS is a syndrome that is characterized by symptoms, although there are some anatomical changes in these patients colons that have been identified. There is not a causative relationship between these two disorders. A person with undiagnosed chron's may have symptoms identical to ibs. Likewise, a person with IBS could also develop chron's. ...Read more

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What is a more serious disease. Chrons or ulcertive colitis?

What is a more serious disease. Chrons or ulcertive colitis?

Depends on: Extent of disease, but in general ulcerative colitis is easier to control. Best to ask your doctor about your specific condition. ...Read more

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Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Terminology: Ulcerative colitis is different from colitis caused by C diff. The etiology of ulcerative colitis is not know. Both diseases can affect the whole colon and cause ulcers, however the cause and treatment for the two are different. ...Read more

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Can chrons disease be confused with diverticular disease ?

Can chrons disease be confused with diverticular disease
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It's Possible: Crohn's disease may affect any part of the intestinal tract (mouth-to-anus) whereas diverticulitis usually affects the sigmoid colon. However, both cause inflammation that may be difficult to differentiate by ct scan alone. Colonoscopy and pathology evaluation should aid in the differentiation, as well as one's personal history. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative collitis be a genetic disease? Explain.

Yes but complex: There are potentially hundreds of genes that all contribute small amounts the the susceptibility to ulcerative colitis. Additionally there are environmental factors. So there are no good "genetic tests" to determining whether you have it. The best thing to do is to see a gastroenterologist for chronic pain, diarrhea, or blood in the stool and they will do the appropriate tests. ...Read more