What are the goals of treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) depends on the disease location, the disease behavior, and the severity of the disease at presentation. The general goals for managing IBD are to eliminate symptoms of disease, improve quality of life, and avoid hospitalization and surgery. One of the primary aims is to promote and allow normal, unrestricted activity. Although clinical improvement is imperatives, in order to increase the chance of lasting remission and decrease the potential for adverse effects of long-standing inflammation, mucosal healing is important. [14]


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