Special Needs: Crohn's Disease
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ABOUT THE SPECIAL NEED:
A NUMBER OF CHILDREN/PEOPLE AFFECTED: The chance of finding a patient with Crohn’s disease is about 1 in 5,000, and of this number, approximately 20 percent are children.
DESCRIPTION OF DISEASE:
Crohn’s disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD. The condition causes chronic inflammation in the digestive system, and it may affect the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and anus. In addition to inflammation, Crohn’s disease can also cause abscesses, or areas of collections of pus, and areas of intestinal narrowing called strictures. The other type of IBD called ulcerative colitis.
The treatment methods we recommend can depend on the severity of your child’s condition. The main goal of treatment is to help your child live as normally as possible.
Medication is the most common method of treatment. Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition, which means your child will likely need to stay on the medication throughout adulthood.
Nutrition is another effective treatment method for Crohn’s disease. A nutrient-rich diet with enough protein, calories and healthy fats can help control your child’s symptoms. Registered dieticians with our Clinical Nutrition Department help patients and families learn to manage special diets.
In addition to more traditional treatment approaches, our digestive specialists perform research and participate in clinical trials to evaluate new treatments and help define new therapies to treat Crohn’s disease in children.