Crohn’s disease can be a painful and debilitating condition that requires medical treatment to reduce its symptoms. At Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for men and women with Crohn’s disease. If you think you may have Crohn’s disease, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes irritation and inflammation in your digestive tract. It can occur anywhere along your digestive tract, from your mouth to your anus. But Crohn’s disease most commonly affects your small intestine and the beginning of your large intestine.
Although there’s no known cure for Crohn’s disease, treatment can reduce symptoms and significantly improve your quality of life. You may even experience periods of remission that last from weeks to years.
Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease often include:
Over a million men and women in the United States suffer from Crohn’s disease. Anyone can get this disease, but young adults between the ages of 20-29 are most likely to be diagnosed with it.
Risk factors for Crohn’s disease include:
If left untreated, Crohn’s disease can potentially lead to serious medical complications, such as:
Having Crohn’s disease may also increase your risk of colorectal cancer. If you have Crohn’s disease, talk to the team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology about how often you should get a colonoscopy to screen for cancer.
First, Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad review your symptoms and medical history and perform a comprehensive physical exam. This may include tests to confirm a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, such as:
If you’re found to have Crohn’s disease, they’ll recommend the best possible treatment for your needs. This may include medicines to reduce your symptoms or resting your bowel with a specialized diet.
To treat severe symptoms and complications of Crohn’s disease, the team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology may refer you to a surgeon.
If you suspect you may have Crohn’s disease, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.