Crohn's Disease Specialist in North Houston
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease or IBD for short. For those who suffer from the condition, it causes an inflammation of the digestive tract, causing stomach pain, weight loss, malnutrition, diarrhea, and other uncomfortable symptoms. While the condition can begin in any portion of the digestive tract, it commonly spreads over time and can lead to more serious, potentially life-threatening complications.
While there is currently no known cure for Crohn’s disease, there are a number of therapies offered by Dr. Adeyefa and the digestive health team at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. We work with our patients to provide Crohn’s disease treatment options that often improve or completely suppress symptoms, allowing you to live a healthy, happy life.
What causes Crohn’s disease?
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is not currently known, however, it is believed that both diet and stress can trigger symptoms. Most likely, one or more of the following factors play a role in causing Crohn’s disease:
- Irregular immune system response
- Certain genetic predispositions
Additionally, certain risk factors might increase your chances of developing the disease, including:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Having family members who also suffer from Crohn’s disease
- Being younger
- Being of Eastern European descent
- Taking certain anti-inflammatory medications
- Living in an urban area
What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?
Visit a physician who specializes in digestive issues, such as Dr. Adeyefa at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston if you experience any of the following symptoms of Crohn’s disease:
- Mouth sores
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach aches
It’s important to visit a Crohn’s disease specialist at Allied Digestive Disease Center if you experience any of the above symptoms of Crohn’s disease or if you notice changes in your bowel habits that persist over time.
How is Crohn’s disease diagnosed by a Houston gastroenterologist?
Crohn’s disease can be diagnosed by one of our experienced team members at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. There is no one specific test for Crohn’s disease, however, the team at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston may conduct a combination of tests for other conditions in order to eliminate other potential health problems. This might include:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- MRI scanning
- CT scanning
- Anemia blood testing
- Blood testing for infection
- Fecal blood testing
If you show signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and all other conditions are ruled out, your doctor will likely make a diagnosis and begin treatment to control your symptoms.
Can Crohn’s disease lead to complications if left untreated?
There are a wide range of complications that can result from Crohn’s disease that is left untreated. Some of the problematic conditions that result from the disease include the following:
- Complete bowel obstruction
- Mouth or anus ulcers
- Anal fissures
- Colon cancer
- Skin disorders
- Liver disease
Schedule a consultation with a Crohn’s disease specialist, such as Dr. Adeyefa, who can help you minimize the effects of Crohn’s disease and avoid the above potential health complications.
How is Crohn’s disease treated by a digestive disease gastroenterologist in Houston?
Our gastroenterology practice in Houston, TX offers the following treatment options to help manage your symptoms of Crohn’s disease:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Prescription immune system repressors
- Antibiotic medications
- Pain medication
- B12 shots
- Iron supplements
- Nutrition therapy
- Crohn’s disease surgery (surgical removal of damaged tissues)
If you are experiencing symptoms of Crohn’s disease, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.