How is Crohn's disease treated?

Medical and surgery. Crohn's is an inflammatory condition of the intestine. It can respond well to medical management. If it is refractory and results in bleeding, perforation, stricture, or fails to respond to medical manangment then surgery is available. 50% of patients may require surgery at some time.
Lower inflammation. all drugs for Crohn's disease work by decreasing inflammation in the intestinal tract. Some drugs are stronger than others and they tend to suppress the immune system. They are used for more severe disease. Some drugs target certain areas of the bowel when disease is localized. Some are taken by mouth, others delivered by enema, and others injected or given IV.

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What is crohn's disease? What causes it? How is it treated? Plz answer I'm scared!

Great start but... If you have crohn's, you need a good gastroenterologist to reduce flares, avoid systemic consequences, survey for dysplasia, & maintain remission. In choosing a GI specialist, find one with whom you feel comfortable fielding any questions. Discuss frankly options (step-up versus top-down therapy). Avoid precipitants of flares (medical noncompliance, tobacco, nsaid's. Be proactive & self-advocate. Read more...
Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It can affect anywhere in the digestive tract, but is usually in the small intestine or colon. Sometimes it can be a mild inflammation, but at times it can be severe and even require surgery. It cannot be cured, but it can be controlled well with medications most of the time. You need a good gastroenterologist to work with you. Good luck. Read more...

16 year old with Crohn's disease, treated with estrogen patch for primary amenorrhea. How long before breast development and periods?

No first period? If the md has "worked up" the diagnosis and is using an adequate amount of estrogen in either pill or patch, then development should occur within six months and periods when Progesterone is added. Read more...

What is Crohn's disease?

Gut disease. This is a serious, troublesome, incurable, chronic disease usually involving the gut, causing the wall to thicken and become blocked. The new biotech medicines have made it much easier to treat than in the past. You may hear it called "regional enteritis" or "terminal ileitis"; the latter doesn't mean it's terminal in the sense that it's usually fatal. Read more...

Is Crohn's disease hereditary?

Yes. Crohn's disease is hereditary, but that does not mean if you have crohn's your child will automatically get it. The risk of a child getting crohn's from a parent is less than 10%. The risk does go up if both parents have inflammatory bowel disease. Read more...
Yes, but. The genetics of crohn's disease is very complicated so predicting risk of transmission to children, or predicting the risk for a sibling is very difficult. The risk of passing crohn's disease to a child is around 10%. Read more...
Yes. There is a genetic predisposition to developing Crohn's disease. That is not to say that everyone diagnosed will have a family history nor is it true that children born to patients will always get Crohn's disease (in fact the chances are less than 10%). . Read more...
Yes. But not always. About 1/3 or IBD patient's will have a family history. There are many genes that have been isolated that are associated with Crohn's. That being said, there are environmental factors as well. . Read more...

What sort of disease is Crohn's disease?

Autoimmune. The immune system recognizes a protein usually a bacteria protein in your gut and your immune system does its job to clear that particular foreign protein. Unfortunately your gut is the innocent bystander in this process and sustains anywear from mild to severe damage and prevents it from absorbing nutrition. Read more...
Inflammatory. Crohn's is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from mouth to anus. It is a chronic disease that needs to be managed medically, and sometimes surgically. Current medications are quite effective at controlling the symptoms and disease, and people with crohn's can live a normal life with minimal impact from this condition. Read more...
Immune. It is an immune mediated disease in which the immune system mistakenly responds to normal bacteria in the gut. . Read more...

What is Crohn's disease? Can you explain the cause?

See complete answer. Crohns disease is an autoimmune condition. We still dont understand what causes it studies indicate that the inflammation in cd involves a complex interaction of factors: the genes the person has inherited, the immune system, and something in the environment. Read more...
No known cause. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) and can involve any portion of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. There is no known cause. The disease involves all layers of the bowel wall, and can lead to diarrhea, strictures, fistulas and abscesses. It is characterized by "skip areas and asymmetry" in involved areas of bowel. Read more...

Can you please tell me what exactly is Crohn's disease?

Bowel disease. Crohns' disease is an inflammatory disease of the intestine. It starts on the internal surface and then progresses full thickness to the outer surface. It can result in pain, bleeding, obstruction and even perforation of the intestine. Initial management is medical and if refractory then surgical. Read more...