What is the role of surgery in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Ulcerative colitis is a surgically curable disease. However, Crohn disease can involve any segment of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus; surgical resection is not curative, as recurrence is the norm. In addition, repeated need for surgery and bowel resection may result in short gut syndrome and dependence on parenteral nutrition.


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