Crohn’s Disease Q & A in Manhattan & New York, NY
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn's disease is a long-term (chronic) condition of the digestive system, and is part of a family of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn's disease usually affects the area near the end of the small intestine or the beginning parts of the large intestine, but can affect any part of the digestive tract.
Crohn's disease causes inflammation deep into the tissues of the intestinal wall, often causing debilitating symptoms. Unique to Crohn's disease, as it differs from other forms of IBD, it can affect scattered areas of the bowel, leaving some areas normal and not inflamed.
Crohn’s disease can be mild or severe with periods of increased inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract. Often, flairs are unpredictable and difficult for those who suffer from them. Expert management of Crohn's is important in the long run, to avoid significant long-term complications.
What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?
Dr. Rubin is experienced at identifying the symptoms associated with Crohn's and creating an appropriate individualized treatment plan for those with this diagnosis. He will consider a diagnosis of Crohn's if you have the following symptoms:
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Frequent or constant bouts of diarrhea
- Blood in stool, or from your rectum
- Urgent need to have a bowel movement
- Pain with bowel movements
Other symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel syndrome:
- Weight loss
- Appetite loss
- Joint pains
How can Crohn’s disease be diagnosed and treated?
If Dr. Rubin suspects you have Crohn's disease, he may run a series of tests to confirm this diagnosis. Many of these tests he will perform himself, in his office or at a local specialized endoscopy center.
- Blood tests
- Stool tests
- Upper Endoscopy
- Double Balloon Endoscopy
- CT Scan
- Video Capsule Endoscopy
Some treatment options that Dr. Rubin will consider as part of your plan of care may be:
- Dietary changes
- Medication therapy
Your plan of care will be unique to you, and having expert care and support throughout your struggle with Crohn's will be very important. Dr. Rubin has extensive experience in the care and treatment of Crohn's disease. He will be a proud part of your team, helping you live a healthy life, despite this diagnosis.
If you like to make Dr. Rubin part of your Crohn’s support team, call our Manhattan, New York, NY at (212) 772-2877 or book your appointment online today.