What are the indications for surgical intervention in Crohn disease (CD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Surgery for Crohn disease is most commonly performed in patients with complications of the disease (ie, strictures, fistulas). Approximately 70% of patients with ileocolonic Crohn disease require surgical intervention. [1]  In general, conservative resection is advocated (including potential stricturoplasty, as opposed to resective surgery) to preserve bowel length in case additional surgery is needed in the future. [4]


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