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Care and Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Why Choose Treatment for Crohn’s Disease at University of Colorado Hospital?

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University of Colorado Hospital is ranked among the nation’s top programs for treating digestive disorders, including Crohn’s Disease.

We offer patients access to the latest diagnostic breakthroughs and treatment options. We provide the largest range of specialty treatments in the Rocky Mountain region and are deeply involved in clinical research and product development, which keeps us at the cutting edge of endoscopic technology.

What is Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis?

One million Americans have either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, two kinds of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that cause chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract. Painful and debilitating, they can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are so similar that they're often mistaken for one another. Both inflame the lining of your digestive tract and can cause abdominal pain and severe bouts of watery or bloody diarrhea.

  • Crohn's disease can occur anywhere in your digestive tract, often spreading deep into the layers of affected tissues.
  • Ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.

Treatment for Crohn's Disease

There is no known medical cure for Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. However, drug therapies are available that may greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease and even bring about a long-term remission.


Drug therapies can include:

  • Aminosalicylates (mesalamine)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Immunosuppressives

If drug therapy, diet and lifestyle changes, or other treatments don't relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery.


Nearly three of four people with Crohn's disease eventually need some type of surgery. Twenty five to forty percent of people with ulcerative colitis also will need surgery.


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