Crohn's Disease

In Crohn's Disease, the body starts to identify the GI tract as being foreign, and begins an inflammatory response that results in disease. Crohn's typically effects the last part of the small bowel (terminal ileum), but can strike anywhere from mouth to anus. In this type of inflammatory bowel disease (as opposed to UC) all layers of the GI tract can be compromised, leading to a tunnel (we call a fistula) between organs, like from gut to bladder or even to the skin. These fistulas are frequently seen around the rectum. Crohn's Disease responds to treatments that decrease inflammation: special aspirin-like drugs are used, steroids or even drugs that suppress the immune system (a bit like chemotherapy). Newer treatments are now available that target special inflammatory proteins to slow the disease for weeks with a single infusion

Digestive Health Tips From Our Staff

"If you are experiencing GI distress, give probiotics a try to see if these will help your symptoms.”

 

Dr. Powell states he chose to practice Gastroenterology, “to treat a wide scope of different problems and afflictions and using modern treatment to help these patients feel better.”