New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/24/2014 -- NYC Gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, of Manhattan Gastroenterology announced today a rise in patients being treated for Chron’s disease. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) which includes Crohn’s disease affects as many as 1.4 million Americans. Chron’s disease in an inflammation of the intestinal tract. The intestinal tract includes your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, and anus. The rise in the GI doctor’s diagnosis of Chron’s disease is most likely due to a greater public awareness of the ailment.
According to the NYC gastroenterologist, signs and symptoms of Chron’s Disease include:
Fever and fatigue
Abdominal pain and cramping
Blood in your stool
Pain or tenderness in the abdomen
Unexplained reduced appetite and weight loss
Ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease can also be found outside of the gastrointestinal tract. The disease can also include arthritis, skin rash, sores inside of the mouth, malabsorption (not absorbing nutrients, leading to weight loss), osteoporosis, and gallstones.
To make an accurate diagnosis of Crohn's disease, the NYC Chron’s disease specialist gathers information from multiple sources including a combination of exams and imaging studies. These best in class tests assist in determining exactly which part of the digestive tract is affected so proper treatment can be administered. Dr. Khodadadian may also request lab tests in order to look for any problems that might be linked to Crohn's disease. These tests check for signs of infection, inflammation, internal bleeding, and low levels of substances such as iron, blood cell counts, protein, or minerals levels.
About Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease can appear anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the rectum. X-rays and other images can help identify the severity and location of Crohn's disease. These studies may include the following: Barium X-ray, CT scans, Colonoscopy , or Video capsule endoscopy.
According to the NYC doctor there is no standard Chron’s disease treatment that will work for all patients. Each patient’s situation is different and treatment must be followed for each circumstance. Treatment for Crohn’s disease and other IBD varieties can include the use of medication, alterations in diet and nutrition, and sometimes surgical procedures to repair or remove affected portions of the affected GI tract.
For more information about the NYC doctor’s Chron’s disease treatments please visit http://www.manhattangastroenterology.com/conditions/crohns-disease
Shawn Khodadadian, MD
170 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075