Crohn's Disease Specialist

Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Flatiron, Gramercy, New York, NY

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 Q & A

What is Crohn’s Disease?

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.

What are the Symptoms of Crohn’s disease?

Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease often include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Nausea or appetite loss
  • Joint pain
  • Eye redness or pain

Who Gets Crohn’s Disease?

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:

  • Having a family history of the disease
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Eating a high-fat diet
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen

What are the Potential Complications of Crohn’s Disease?

If left untreated, Crohn’s disease can potentially lead to serious medical complications, such as:

  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Anal fissures
  • Ulcers in your mouth, intestines, anus, or perineum
  • Abscesses
  • Malnutrition
  • Fistulas
  • Inflammation in other parts of your body, such as joints, eyes, or skin

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.

How is Crohn’s Disease Diagnosed and Treated?

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:

  • Blood and stool tests
  • Intestinal endoscopy
  • Upper GI series, including X-rays, fluoroscopy, and barium
  • CT scan

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.