Crohn's disease is an ongoing (chronic) condition that may flare up throughout your life. The course of the disease varies greatly from one person to another. Some people may have only mild symptoms, while others may have severe symptoms or complications.
Surgery may be needed for Crohn's disease if no medication can control your symptoms, you have serious side effects from medications, your symptoms can be controlled only with long-term use of corticosteroids, or you develop certain complications.
Some people who have Crohn's disease need additional nutrition because severe disease prevents their small intestine from absorbing nutrients. Supplemental liquid feedings may be done through a tube placed in the nose and down into the stomach (enteral nu