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What are the complications of Crohn's disease that might require surgery?

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People with these complications of Crohn's may need surgery:

  • A narrowing in the bowel that can cause blockages
  • Extensive bleeding in the intestine
  • A hole in the bowel wall
  • Formation of a fistula
  • Formation of a pocket of pus caused by infection
  • A condition called toxic megacolon

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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