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What kind of doctor should I look for if I have Crohn's disease?

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Your Crohn's disease may be mild and need just a little help, or it may be severe and require complex treatment. In that case, the first thing you should look for is the right kind of gastroenterologist.

A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in digestion and problems in the gut. If you have severe Crohn's disease, find a gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease. You can find one at most medical centers and teaching hospitals or through the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. If you can't see a specialist, your primary care doctor may need to consult with one to plan your care.

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Richard Bloomfeld, MD, associate professor of medicine, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, N.C.

Prabhakar Swaroop, MD, assistant professor; director, Crohn’s and Colitis Program, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard Bloomfeld, MD, associate professor of medicine, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, N.C.

Prabhakar Swaroop, MD, assistant professor; director, Crohn’s and Colitis Program, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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