Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis: Everything You Need to Know
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes two chronic conditions, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It has remained for too long the secret illness no one wants to admit to having, let alone discuss. One percent of North Americans have IBD, yet its cause is unknown, and there is no known cure.
Fred Saibil, a renowned expert on IBD, provides concise, critical and practical information on the common symptoms and side effects. He describes the normal gastrointestinal system and then explains what specifically goes wrong in those suffering from IBD.
Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis includes important information on:
The book also provides detailed tables, sidebars and diagrams, plus travel tips and other self-help strategies for coping with IBD.
For patients, their relatives and caregivers, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis explains the plain facts about this terrible disease, which seriously affects the daily lives of so many.
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A tube is passed through your nose, down the esophagus, through the stomach
into the duodenum and then the jejunum (upper small bowel). Barium is injected
through the tube by the radiologist and monitored as it progresses through the
small bowel. The main advantage of this technique is that the pictures are
sometimes more accurate than a small-bowel series. However, many people
dislike the procedure intensely because of the tube. Some radiologists make the
There is also some evidence that simply making sure you are properly nourished
can be beneficial for Crohn's disease. Does Liquid-Diet Therapy Work for
Everyone? No treatment for Crohn's disease works for everyone, and this is no
exception. This type of therapy works particularly well in people with small-bowel
Crohn's disease. It works much less often in patients with Crohn's disease of the
colon. Tube Feeding There are three situations in which liquid diets are taken by
Crohn's. Canadian researchers have been leaders in demonstrating that some
children with Crohn's disease will grow more if their normal diet is supplemented
with nightly feeds of a liquid diet (see Chapter 5). In fact, many children learn to
slip small feeding tubes through their noses down into their stomachs each night
at bedtime. A bag of enteral (sterilized liquid) diet is hung on a pole and dripped
into the tube while the child is asleep. In the morning, the child pulls out the tube