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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

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.

In brief: Depends

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.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Dr. Jonah Essers
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.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually

Ibd is characterized by periods of disease activity and remission.
But considered life long disses. Yes, uc can be 'cured' with a total colectomy but that is only reserved for severe refactory cases or patients with dysplasia/malignancy.

In brief: Usually

Ibd is characterized by periods of disease activity and remission.
But considered life long disses. Yes, uc can be 'cured' with a total colectomy but that is only reserved for severe refactory cases or patients with dysplasia/malignancy.
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes. www.drlugo.com.

In brief: Yes

Yes. www.drlugo.com.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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