Dr. Shawn Khodadadian of Manhattan Gastroenterology (located on NYC’s Upper East Side) is a best in class Crohn’s disease specialist and can properly diagnosis & treat you if you have Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s Disease, is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. Crohn’s Disease primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which can be bloody when inflammation is uncontrolled), vomiting, and can also cause complications outside the gastroentestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eyes, and hepatitis.
Broadly speaking Crohn’s Disease is of three types:
- Inflammatory Crohn’s Disease in which there is inflammation of the intestine with diarrhea, sometimes bloody;
- Stricturing Crohn’s Disease, in which there is scarring and fibrosis of the intestine leading to obstruction with crampy abdominal pain; and
- Fistulising Crohn’s in which abnormal channels or tracts form between adjacent loops of bowel, or even between bowel and the skin. Oftentimes, the three types co-exist to some extent.
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
Crohn’s Disease can affect any part of the GI tract. While symptoms vary from patient to patient and some may be more common than others, the tell-tale symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
Symptoms related to inflammation of the GI tract:
- Persistent Diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Urgent need to move bowels
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Sensation of incomplete evacuation
- Constipation (can lead to bowel obstruction)
General symptoms that may also be associated with IBD:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight Loss
- Night sweats
- Loss of normal menstrual cycle
Fertility and Crohn’s Disease
Doctor’s Note: Reduced fertility can result from poorly controlled Crohn’s Disease.
Pregnancy and Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease can be problematic during pregnancy, and some medications can cause adverse outcomes for the fetus or mother. Consultation with your obstetrician and the NYC Gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, about Crohn’s Disease and all medications allows preventative measures to be taken.
How is Crohn’s disease Treated?
Crohn’s Disease may be treated with antibiotics, surgery and / or inflammation suppressant medications.
Although there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, symptoms caused by the disease can be treated by antibiotics, aspirin-like anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, biologic therapy, or surgery. Some patients may require combinations of these treatments. Ideally, treatments should suppress symptoms, minimize exacerbations and help the patient to have a more normal life.
As one of NYC’s best in class gastroenterologists in treating Crohn’s Disease, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian provides highly personalized and comprehensive care. His philosophy regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned him one of the most respected reputations in NYC.
For more information about Crohn’s Disease or to schedule a consultation with the Crohn’s Disease Specialist Doctor, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, please contact our Upper East Side NYC office.