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What complications of Crohn's disease might require surgery?

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If you have these complications of Crohn's disease you may need surgery:

  • The formation of a stricture (a scar), which is a narrowing in the bowel that can cause obstructions (blockages)
  • Extensive bleeding in the intestine
  • A hole, or perforation, in the bowel wall
  • The formation of a fistula, which is a connection between two parts of the body that do not normally connect
  • The formation of an abscess, which is a pocket of pus caused by infection
  • A condition known as toxic megacolon, in which the colon, or large intestine, is severely stretched out and toxins spread through the blood.

From: Surgery for Crohn’s Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "Surgery for Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "Surgery for Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

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