Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the small and large intestine. Patients with Crohn’s disease often present with one or more of the following symptoms: abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, fever, cramping, anal pain or drainage, rectal abscess, rectal fissure, bloating, skin lesions and joint pain. The majority of patients with Crohn’s disease are between 16-40 years of age and are living in northern climates. While the exact cause of Crohn’s disease has not been determined, there does appear to be a genetic link, and some scientists have posited an immunologic and/or bacterial origin.
Although there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, this condition can typically be managed with corticosteroids (i.e. prednisone) and other anti-inflammatory agents. Patients suffering from more severe or advanced cases of Crohn’s may require surgical treatment. While not completely curative, surgery to resection the diseased portion of the intestine can often provide long-term relief of symptoms for patients with Crohn’s disease.
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected and board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.