Jefferson University Hospitals

Crohn's Disease

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If you have experienced chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, weight loss and anemia, you should be examined for signs of Crohn's disease. Jefferson Health gastroenterologists are experienced in helping you effectively manage the disease and reduce its symptoms.

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that may recur at various times over a lifetime. It usually involves the small intestine, most often the lower part called the ileum. However, in some cases, both the small and large intestine are affected. Sometimes, inflammation may also affect the entire digestive tract, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, appendix or anus.

A Multifaceted Approach

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at Jefferson Health brings together the expertise of specialists in gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, genetics, nutritional care, pathology, radiology and other disciplines to diagnose and treat your Crohn's disease. You may also be able to participate in ongoing clinical trials for new and experimental treatments.

Since the Program was established in 1996, Jefferson Health has seen a steady increase in the number of patients with IBD. Patients with complex IBD are often referred to us after their condition has resisted standard treatment elsewhere.

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for Crohn's disease may include blood tests, a stool culture, a colonoscopy or a biopsy.

As many as 70 percent of patients with Crohn's disease will need an operation at some point in their lifetime. Our experienced surgeons can provide a number of surgical procedures to alleviate symptoms not successfully managed through medication, such as the removal of a damaged portion of your digestive tract.