Which treatment modifications are made upon clinical improvement of hospitalized patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD?)

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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By the second or third hospital day, most patients should be showing clear evidence of clinical improvement with IV steroids. Assess the electrolyte status if IV fluids are still being administered. Consider advancement of the diet. The corticosteroid dose can be tapered. If the patient is not improving, consider other treatment options; these may include hyperalimentation, other medical therapies, surgical intervention, or transfer to a tertiary care facility.

Continue to advance the diet, as tolerated, on hospital day 4. Continue the switch to oral medications. Many patients with a flare of Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis may be discharged by this time (occasionally even sooner); some may require another day of IV therapy.


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