Crohn's disease is an illness that affects the whole digestive tract. It causes inflammation and pain that usually focuses on the small intestine, but it can extend from the mouth down as far as the anus in some cases. Patients who suffer from this difficult illness can rely on the experienced gastroenterologists at Fifth Avenue GI in both the Upper East Side and East Harlem, New York, for the help they need.
Crohn's disease is an illness causing intestinal inflammation. There are five different kinds of Crohn's disease, each of which affects a different portion of the gastrointestinal tract. They include:
This is the most common variety of Crohn's disease. It impacts the lower part of the small intestine and the upper part of the large intestine.
This type of Crohn's disease impacts only the lower part of the small intestine.
Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease
This rare type of Crohn's disease affects both the small intestine and the stomach.
Also a rare form of Crohn's disease, jejunoileitis affects the upper portion of the small intestine.
This form of Crohn's disease affects the large intestine.
The most obvious indicator of Crohn's disease for many patients is the pain. Abdominal area pain can be uncomfortable and may even be severe for some patients. You may also notice the following symptoms if you're suffering from Crohn's disease.
Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist performs a complete examination, including necessary diagnostic tests to determine which type of Crohn's disease you have. The treatment is then based on your specific type of Crohn's disease and your symptoms.
In many cases, Crohn's disease flares may decrease with the right dietary changes. Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist can recommend specific changes that may be beneficial to you.
It's also helpful for many patients to take Crohn's disease medications, which can include:
In some patients, the Crohn's disease is so severe that diet and medication just aren't effective. If this is true for you, your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist can recommend a surgery that provides symptom relief. Surgery options include:
Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist is here to help you find the best solution for your Crohn's disease symptoms. Use the online appointment tool to arrange a visit with one of our gastroenterologists now!