Symptoms Treated by Crohn’s Disease Infusion Therapy
Crohn’s disease causes your immune system to work harder, which can cause inflammation to other parts of your body including eyes, skin, and joints.
Some patients experience Crohn’s disease with perianal involvement, which may also include tumors that develop around the anus, inflammation of the perianal skin, and swelling of the anal sphincter.
Crohn’s disease infusion therapy may help treat all of these symptoms.
Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- abdominal pain and cramps
- persistent diarrhea
- rectal bleeding
- bloody stools
- weight loss
- change in appetite
- night sweats
Diagnosing Crohn’s Disease
A diagnosis of Crohn’s disease is required before starting infusion therapy treatment. Crohn’s disease is typically diagnosed with a physical exam and a series of lab tests, including:
- Stool sample analysis to look for infectious microbes
- Bloodwork to check for inflammation, infection, and anemia
- Endoscopy to look for inflammation, bleeding, and ulcers
- Imaging procedures
- Ulcerative colitis also causes inflammation of the GI tract, so these tests can help your medical provider determine exactly which inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) the patient is experiencing.
Crohn’s disease affects any part of the GI tract, while Ulcerative Colitis only affects the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Other differences between these two chronic diseases are related to where the inflammation is located and how it spreads.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your medical team will discuss your treatment plan with you and explore whether Crohn’s disease infusion therapy is a treatment option.
Crohn’s Disease Infusion Therapies
Treatment for Crohn’s disease will include medications to reduce the inflammation in your body to alleviate symptoms.
For individuals with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease, infusion therapy can help treat symptoms and improve quality of life. FlexCare Infusion Centers offers Crohn’s disease infusion therapies, including the following medications:
- Avsola (infliximab-axxq)
- Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb)
- Remicade (infliximab)
- Renflexis (infliximab-abda)
- Cimzia (certolizumab)
Treatment may be enhanced by nutritional supplements and an exclusion diet to remove foods that can encourage symptoms. In some cases, surgery may also be part of the treatment plan.
The goal of your Crohn’s disease infusion treatment plan is to find the right combination of solutions to get you on a path to remission. Though Crohn’s disease doesn’t currently have a cure, remission enables patients to feel normal and have a good quality of life free from symptoms and inflammation.