Crohn's is not a 6-week disease: Lifelong management of mild to moderate Crohn's disease

Gary R. Lichtenstein*, Stephen B. Hanauer, Sunanda V. Kane, Daniel H. Present

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Abstract

Crohn's disease is an idiopathic, chronic inflammatory disorder of the digestive tract with heterogeneous clinical presentations. Crohn's is currently not a curable disease, and patients are faced with a lifetime of recurrent disease flare-ups and remissions. Management strategies for Crohn's must therefore be targeted toward lifelong management, taking into consideration not only the short-term but also the long-term aspects of the disease. With this in mind, here we review the classifications and natural history of Crohn's disease and discuss possible predictive factors for the disease evolution in a patient. Here we also evaluate the current preferable treatment practices, based on scientifically valid research and collective clinical experience, for the management of mild to moderate Crohn's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S2-S10
JournalInflammatory bowel diseases
Volume10
Issue number8 SUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004

Keywords

  • Crohn's disease classifications
  • Management
  • Natural history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Gastroenterology

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