NYC Crohn’s Disease Specialist Doctor / Gastroenterologist
Crohn’s disease is a chronic illness that causes ulcer-like sores in your digestive tract that our NYC Crohn’s disease specialists diagnoses and treats daily. Crohn’s disease an inflammatory bowel disease or IBD that usually affects the lining of your large or small intestine. When it strikes, it spreads deep into the tissue. This medical condition impedes your body’s ability to properly digest food and can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding and malnutrition. If you have have symptoms that could be consistent with Crohn’s disease or have already been diagnosed, you should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan and to exclude a more serious or urgent condition.
Crohn’s disease can attack anywhere within your digestive tract, from your mouth to your anus, making it often difficult to find and treat. In addition, the pain associated with Crohn’s disease can be debilitating. If left untreated, it can lead to deadly complications.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease affects different intestinal spots in different people. Common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in your stool
- Loss of appetite
- Ulcers, even in your mouth
- Unexplained weight loss
- Diarrhea, sometimes repeatedly
Less common symptoms include blocked bowels, fever, fatigue, skin problems, inflamed liver and even arthritis. If you suffer from Crohn’s disease, cigarette smoking, infections or hormonal changes can instigate the disease.
Causes of Crohn’s Disease
Although the exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, stress and diet are not the culprits, as previously believed. The two most likely causes are an improperly functioning immune system and/or heredity. Both of these are still theories at this point.
You are more likely to get Crohn’s disease if you fall into one of these categories:
- Not yet 30 years old
- Descended from Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jews
- A family member has it
- Cigarette smoker
- Live in a northern climate
- Live in a city or urban area
Diagnosing Crohn’s Disease
Unfortunately, a test for Crohn’s disease does not exist. Our specialists use a number of methods to diagnose your problem that includes performing a physical exam, reviewing your medical history and ordering a colonoscopy. Since Crohn’s disease can look like other illnesses, multiple tests often are needed to form an accurate diagnosis. Some other tests include:
- Barium X-ray of your large or small intestine
- Biopsy tissue sample
- Blood tests
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Small bowel capsule
- Stool sample analysis
Treating Crohn’s Disease
There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease. Medical treatment — such as anti-diarrhea and anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, corticosteroids and immune system suppressors — can control your symptoms and limit any complications. Sometimes, medications result in a long-term remission of the disease. Many Crohn’s disease sufferers can return to normal lives.
Surgery is an option if the damage to your intestines is localized in one specific area. The affected area can be surgically removed, but this does not guarantee that the disease won’t appear again in a different location within your intestines. Surgery also can repair the damage that Crohn’s disease has done to your intestine wall.
The best treatment after medicine involves lifestyle changes. Don’t smoke. Eat healthy. Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly. All these lifestyle choices reduce the risk of Crohn’s disease symptoms returning. Finally, if you suffer from Crohn’s disease, you should have more frequent screenings for colon cancer.
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