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Crohn's Disease Health Center

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Crohn's Disease: When Surgery Is Needed - Topic Overview

Surgery for Crohn's disease usually is needed if ongoing symptoms do not respond to medicine or if side effects of medicine cause other serious problems.

Surgery may be needed when you have:

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What Causes Crohn’s Disease?

Although there are many theories about what causes Crohn's disease, none of them have been proven. There is a benefit, though, in understanding the possible causes of Crohn's disease and how they interact with one another. Doing so can help one better understand the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Crohn's disease. Scientists believe that Crohn's disease is caused by a combination of these factors: Immune system problems Genetics Environmental factors How might each of these factors...

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  • Bowel blockage (obstruction).
  • Abscesses or tears (fissures) in the anal area or when abnormal connections (fistulas) form between two parts of the intestine or between the intestine and other internal organs.
  • Holes (perforations) in the large intestine.
  • Cancer or precancerous tissue.
  • Severe disease that does not respond to other treatment.
  • Severe bleeding that requires ongoing blood transfusions.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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