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Crohn's disease

A type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Crohn's disease is an inflammation of any part of your digestive tract — we can treat and relieve your symptoms

About Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. It's a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like ulcerative colitis (UC). Unlike ulcerative colitis, Crohn's can affect any part of your digestive tract, from your mouth to your back passage. It's fairly common, affecting around 80,000 people in the UK.

Need to know

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    Crohn's disease can affect any part of your digestive system, but it tends to appear near the junction of the small and large intestine. The inflammation caused by Crohn's is more intense than ulcerative colitis and can lead to a narrowing in the intestine and blockages. Symptoms of Crohn's disease might include:

    • Chronic diarrhea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Anal inflammation and fistulas
    • Weight loss
    • Fatigue
    • Blood and mucus in your poo

    The severity of these symptoms will vary over time, from mild at times to serious at others. We can help you manage your symptoms and lessen the impact of Crohn's on your life.

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    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. Depending on your symptoms, they may carry out a colonoscopy at a later date, which involves examining your digestive tract by inserting a flexible camera into your large and small intestine. They may also carry out other diagnostic tests. These may include: - Gastroscopy - Barium studies - CT and MRI scans - Blood test to show the level of inflammation
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    We offer a range of treatment options for Crohn's disease that can help to relieve your symptoms and help you live a normal life. These might include:

    • Anti-TNF and biologic agents to target TNF, one of the main mediators of inflammation
    • Immunosuppressive drugs to keep Crohn's under control during remission
    • Steroids for Crohn's in the last section of the bowel
    • Special diet plans (polymeric or elemental liquid)
    • Antibiotics for flare-ups or specific infections
    • 5ASA drugs
    • Surgery to remove blockages in the intestine
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

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    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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