Surgical Emergencies in Crohn’s Disease

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Crohn’s disease, as a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that can affect any part of the alimentary canal from the mouth to the anus, has a highly variable course and a very unpredictable evolution. Even surgery does not cure CD, it has however a relevant role in its treatment in combination to medical therapy during the large course of the disease; indeed almost each patient is submitted to a surgical intervention during his life. Nowadays, surgery is considered the last treatment to use whenever medical therapy is insufficient to control symptoms; this choice involves an intervention on more serious patients with more surgical complications. Surgery finds in the Crohn’s disease a main role in the management of the obstructive or septic complications; however, elective surgical treatments are proposed in patients with sub-occlusive presentation due to chronic fistulas or with high CD index (>220) with a terminal ileum-cecum disease.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrohn's Disease: Radiological Features and Clinical-Surgical Correlations
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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    Salamone, G., Gulotta, G., Tutino, R., Cocorullo, G., Guercio, G., Falco, N., & Fontana, T. (2015). Surgical Emergencies in Crohn’s Disease. In Crohn's Disease: Radiological Features and Clinical-Surgical Correlations (pp. 153-157)