Crohn’S Disease : What is it & treatments
A chronic inflammation of the digestive tract that leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition..
Common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, malnutrition and fatigue.
The exact cause is unknown but heredity and malfunctioning immune system play a role.
Diagnosis involves physical examination, lab tests and imaging tests to ascertain the condition and severity of the disease.
→ Common treatment options
→ How is this diagnosed?
- Treatments can help manage condition, no known cure
- Diagnosed by medical professional
- Requires lab test or imaging
- Family history may increase likelihood
- Urgent medical attention recommended in severe cases
Anti-inflammatory drugs: To reduce inflammation.
Sulfasalazine . Mesalamine . Olsalazine
Immunosuppressants: Reduce the immune reaction.
Azathioprine . Tacrolimus
Biologics: Monoclonal antibodies are administered for immunosuppression.
Infliximab . Adalimumab . Certolizumab
Antibiotics: To control infection.
Ampicillin . Cefotaxime . Ciprofloxacin . Tetracycline
Anti-diarrheal agents: To control diarrhea.
→ Questions to ask your doctor