Crohn’s disease is a chronic health condition that not only causes unpleasant digestive symptoms but can lead to an extensive array of additional health problems. The expert team at Gastroenterology Associates of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colorado, specializes in treating people who have complex gastroenterological conditions like Crohn’s disease, so if you have any worries about your digestive system, call the clinic today or book an appointment online.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel condition that causes digestive system problems, most commonly in the small intestine and colon. Crohn’s disease isn’t curable, but a carefully designed treatment plan can significantly improve quality of life.
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include chronic diarrhea, which may contain blood, mucus, or pus, with abdominal pain and a full feeling. You may also lose weight, bleed from the rectum, or become feverish. Symptoms are typically severe but sporadic, with long periods of being symptom-free.
Crohn’s disease causes a variety of complications, including:
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease isn’t clear, but it’s likely to be a dysfunction of the immune system. You’re more at risk of getting Crohn’s disease if other members of your family have it.
The team at Gastroenterology Associates of Western Colorado diagnose Crohn’s disease by reviewing your symptoms and carrying out blood and stool sample tests. They may order an MRI or CT scan to get a detailed image of your internal organs.
The team also uses advanced endoscopic techniques such as enteroscopy, colonoscopy, or video capsule endoscopy (VCE) to view the inside of your intestines, and an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) to view your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
Crohn’s disease treatment initially consists of medication. Anti-inflammatory drugs including corticosteroids help with pain and inflammation, and antibiotics can treat any bacterial problems in the intestines. You can also take anti-diarrhea medication, and a range of biologic medicines called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitors.
Your team at Gastroenterology Associates of Western Colorado can prepare a personalized treatment plan, monitoring how well each drug works for you. If you’re not finding relief from symptoms of Crohn’s disease with medication, surgery might be the best option.
If you have any gastroenterological symptoms of Crohn’s disease, get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment by calling Gastroenterology Associates of Western Colorado today, or book an appointment online.