Crohn's disease is a debilitating condition that can cause painful symptoms, and in some cases, lead to life-threatening complications. William E. Pullano, MD has experience treating New Yorkers with Crohn’s disease and often helps them achieve remission. Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Pullano at his Upper East Side office in Manhattan as soon as possible to minimize symptoms and prevent Crohn’s complications.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that comes from inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It can involve any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly appears in the last portion of the small intestine and the colon. When the lining of your intestines swells due to inflammation during a Crohn’s disease flare, it obstructs the normal movement of food through your digestive tract, causing painful symptoms.
Crohn’s disease affects men and women equally, and it can begin at any age. However, it appears most commonly between the ages of 15-35. The condition is unpredictable, varying between periods of active disease and remission.
Left untreated, Crohn’s disease can lead to complications in your intestines such as scarring, a blockage, fissures (small cuts or tears), abscesses (infections), and more. The chronic colon inflammation of Crohn’s disease can also lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and an increased risk of developing colon cancer.
Crohn's disease symptoms can range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include:
Crohn’s disease can also cause inflammation of the eyes, skin, and joints.
There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease, but medications can significantly reduce the symptoms, keep flare-ups at bay and help patients stay in remission. With ongoing treatment, many patients with Crohn’s disease are able to function normally and lead active lives.
Dr. Pullano spends time with each patient to develop a treatment plan specifically designed to meet their needs, based on the severity of their condition, location of the inflammation, their history, and more.
However, Crohn's disease is a lifelong condition that requires continuous management and medical supervision, along with regular endoscopies and/or colonoscopies. Dr. Pullano keeps abreast of all the latest treatments and medications for Crohn’s disease to provide people with the most updated tools available.