Accutane and Crohn’s Disease

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the intestines. It can occur anywhere in the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s disease can be painful and debilitating and result in life-threatening complications.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease can include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Pain in the belly
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bloody stools
  • Pain in passing stools
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Eye inflammation
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Liver inflammation
  • Swollen gums
  • Skin rash

Complications

Crohn’s disease can result in various complications, some of which can be life threatening and/or require surgery. Potential complications include:

  • Obstructions in the intestines
  • Abnormal passages (fistulae) in the intestines
  • Infections (abscesses)
  • Narrowing (strictures)
  • Holes (perforations)
  • Bleeding (hemorrhage)
  • Increased risk of cancer

Treatment

Crohn’s disease is typically treated with strong medications including corticosteroids and immunomodulators. Anti-diarrhea drugs can be used if there is bad diarrhea.

About 2/3 to 3/4 of people with Crohn’s disease eventually have major surgery. Different types of surgical procedures are used depending on the severity and location of the disease.

Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

Several different types of surgical procedures may be performed, depending on the type of complication, the severity of the illness, or the location of the disease in the intestines. For example:

  • Strictureplasty. Opening blockages and widening passages in the intestines.
  • Resection. Removing diseased section of bowel.
  • Colonectomy. Removing the colon.
  • Proctocolectomy. Removing the colon and anus.
  • Other surgeries. To remove fistulas or drain abscesses.

Unlike ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease cannot be cured through surgery. Even after a diseased portion of the intestine is removed, the disease can reappear in a different part of the intestine.

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