Personalized Care & Treatment for Crohn’s Disease in Williamsport, PA
Crohn’s disease may affect any type of the gastrointestinal tract, but most commonly the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon. It is a rare condition that can be painful, even affecting everyday activities.
Crohn’s Disease Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease may vary from person to person, but can include:
- Persistent diarrhea
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Rectal bleeding
- Nights sweats
- Weight loss
- Interrupted menstrual cycle
If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, doctors at UPMC Susquehnanna provide exceptional care to diagnose and treat Crohn’s disease in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas. To make an appointment, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehnanna.
Crohn’s Disease Causes
Crohn’s disease is most prevalent among adolescents and adults between the ages of 15 and 35. The causes of Crohn’s disease are not well known. Genetics, hereditary and environmental factors may play a part.
The GI (gastrointestinal) tract contains harmless bacteria that aid in digestion. In people who have Crohn’s disease, the harmless bacteria is mistaken as harmful, and the immune system responds by sending cells out of the blood to the intestines, producing chronic inflammation. This inflammation can lead to ulceration and/or a thicker intestinal wall, causing undesired Crohn’s symptoms.
Crohn’s Disease Treatment at UPMC Susquehnanna
Like other IBDs, Crohn’s disease can be managed with the help of medication, combination therapy, and a good diet and nutrition plan.
- Medication. Aminosalicylates (5-ASA), corticosteroids, immunomodulators, antibiotics, and biologic therapies (the same medications that help treat ulcerative colitis) can help reduce flare ups associated with Crohn’s disease. Combination therapy may help as well. Talk to your doctor to learn which treatment option is most effective for you.
- Diet & Nutrition. Crohn’s disease can often cause loss of appetite, while also increasing your body’s energy needs. This is why a good diet can help promote healing and replace lost nutrients.
- Surgery. Even with proper diet and medication, the CCFA says that two-thirds to three-quarters of people with Crohn’s disease will need surgery at some point in their lives. Surgery may be necessary if you develop fistula, fissure, intestinal obstruction, or if your medication stops working. While surgery may help symptoms disappear for years, Crohn’s may come back later in life.
Gastroenterologists at UPMC Susquehnanna specialize in complete care and treatment for Crohn’s disease in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.