What are the limitations to surgical treatment of Crohn disease (CD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Although surgery is an important treatment option for Crohn disease, patients should be aware that it is not curative and that disease recurrence after surgery is the rule. Disease recurrence generally mimics the original disease pattern at the surgical anastomosis. Endoscopic evidence of recurrent inflammation is present in 93% of patients 1 year after surgery.


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