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Crohn’s Disease Specialist

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterology

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

Crohn’s disease is commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20-30, setting you up for a lifetime of challenging symptoms and an increased risk of colon cancer. The skilled board-certified gastroenterologists and medical team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates have experience treating even the most severe Crohn’s disease. They offer customized treatment that maintains disease remission so you can enjoy an active, thriving life. If you need help with Crohn’s disease symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York, or schedule an appointment online today.

Crohn’s Disease Q & A

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Though it can develop in any part of the GI tract, it’s typically found in the small intestine and the first section of your large intestine.

The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease penetrates deep into the intestinal wall. Over time, Crohn’s can lead to complications such as:

  • Intestinal blockage
  • Fistulas (abnormal tunnels)
  • Abscesses
  • Malnutrition
  • Ulcers

Patients with Crohn’s disease have a higher risk of developing colon cancer.

What symptoms develop due to Crohn’s disease?

Most patients experience cycles of active disease alternating with periods of remission. When inflammation flares, the most common symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Blood in your stool
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Anal tear

It’s estimated that 21-40% of patients with Crohn’s disease develop inflammatory problems throughout their bodies, such as arthritis, eye inflammation, and skin conditions.

How is Crohn’s disease treated?

The team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates diagnoses Crohn’s based on your medical history, physical examination, and other diagnostic tests ranging from blood work to imaging. In many cases, the doctors examine your intestinal lining by performing a colonoscopy or a small intestine capsule endoscopy.

Since there’s no cure for Crohn’s, treatment focuses on relieving your symptoms and keeping disease activity in remission. Your treatment may include:

Medications

Many medications are available to treat Crohn’s disease, including anti-inflammatory medications, immune system suppressors, biologic therapies, and antidiarrheals.

Nutritional supplements

Inflammation in the small intestine interferes with nutrient digestion and absorption. As a result, you may need supplements to offset deficiencies.

Bowel rest

When symptoms are severe, your doctor at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates may recommend resting your bowel and following a liquid diet, giving your intestines time to heal.

Surgery

Surgery doesn’t cure Crohn’s disease, but it can provide long-lasting symptom relief when medications don’t help. Crohn’s surgery usually involves removing damaged parts of your intestine. Many patients also need surgery to repair complications such as a fissure or intestinal obstruction.

The doctors at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates have extensive experience treating all levels of severity of Crohn’s disease, from mild symptoms to severe flare-ups.

If you need help with Crohn’s disease, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.