What is the effectiveness of treatments for Crohn disease (CD)?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Therapy for Crohn disease is generally less effective than that for ulcerative colitis. In addition to the therapies outlined herein, IV cyclosporine or infliximab is helpful in refractory ulcerative colitis. A conventional stepwise approach may be taken. With this approach, the most benign (or temporary) drugs are used first. If they fail to provide relief, drugs from a higher step are used. However, more aggressive disease requires immunomodulator and biologic therapy earlier in the treatment program.

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