What is the goal of surgical resection in Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Perianal, rectal, and sigmoidoscopic examinations are often performed while the patient is under anesthesia to determine the presence and extent of perianal disease.

The goal of surgical resection is to remove the grossly involved bowel; microscopic disease at resection margins is acceptable. Primary anastomosis of bowel can usually be achieved. Occasionally, a proximal functioning stoma or Brooke ileostomy is required in patients in whom an anastomosis would be unsafe.


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