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Low symptomatic load in Crohn's disease with surgery and medicine as complementary treatments
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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1998 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, ISSN 0036-5521, E-ISSN 1502-7708, Vol. 33, no 4, 423-429 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The treatment of Crohn's disease has changed owing to the recognition of its chronicity. Medical maintenance treatment and limited resections have evolved as major concepts of management, regarded as complementary, and both aim at reducing the symptoms.

Methods: We investigated the symptomatic load in Crohn's disease as reflected in a cross-sectional study of the symptom index, physicians' assessment, and the patients' perception of health. A cohort of 212 patients from the primary catchment area and 125 referred patients were studied.

Results: Of catchment area patients, 83% were receiving medication, and the annual rate of abdominal surgery was 5.7%. Corresponding figures for the referred patients were 82% and 10.3%. According to the symptom index, 87% of catchment area patients were in remission or had only mild symptoms; according to the physicians' assessment, 90% were. The patients' median perception of health was 90% of perfect health according to the visual analogue scale. The figures were similar for referred patients, except that referrals were considered more diseased by the physician.

Conclusion: The great majority of patients with Crohn's disease are able to live in remission or experience only mild symptoms.

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Informa Healthcare, 1998. Vol. 33, no 4, 423-429 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81922DOI: 10.1080/00365529850171062PubMedID: 9605265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81922DiVA: diva2:556521
Available from: 2012-09-25 Created: 2012-09-25 Last updated: 2017-12-07
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1. Surgery and anorectal function in Crohn's colitis
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2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The study concerns surgery in Crohn's disease, particularly Crohn's colitis, its relation to medical treatment, symptomatic load, perceived health, quality of life, outcome on anorectal function and also anorectal physiologic conditions.

Four hundred and thirty-two patients treated at the University Hospital, Linköping from 1970 to 1997 were included in the study. Operations and medical treatment were retrospectively reviewed, whereas symptomatic load, perceived health, quality of life, function outcome and anorectal physiology were prospectively evaluated.

In a cross-sectional analysis of all patients surveilled 1995 the annual incidence of surgery was 5.7% in a population-based cohort and 10.3% in referred patients. Medical maintenance treatment was used in 61 and 55% respectively. This led to 89% of the patients being in clinical remission or having only mild symptoms and to a large proportion with a perception of good health. The treatment was paralleled by a low rate of septic and surgical complications.

Surgical treatment of Crohn's colitis prior to 1990 mainly implied colectomy or proctocolectomy and thereafter almost exclusively segmental resection. The creation of a permanent stoma decreased and was rarely needed at the end of the study period when the annual risk was 0.23%. This development was basically due to a deliberate change in surgical attitude aiming at introducing similar treatment principles as for small bowel Crohn's disease With limited resections and preservation of transanal defecation. The reduced colectomy rate may have been facilitated by the introduction of immunosuppressive medical treatment as a reduction of colectomies tended to be associated with medical maintenance treatment during the later part of the study. Time from diagnosis to surgery was prolonged and stricture replaced active disease as the major indication for surgery. Symptomatic load and anorectal function outcome were better after segmental resection without the expense of an increased reresection rate. Seventy percent of patients with Crohn's colitis were in clinical remission and these patients scored quality of life similar to the general population but patients with active disease scored worse in all indexed aspects. The need of immunosuppression or previous surgery was not related to quality of life except when operated with a permanent stoma which negatively influenced psychological well being.

Anorectal physiology in Crohn's disease differed from controls with increased anal resting pressures and increased rectal sensitivity. This provides possible prerequisites for later development of anal pathology such as fissures and fistulas.

The study indicates that the concept oflimited surgery is applicable also in Crohn's colitis with obvious benefits for the patients. A treatment concept including medical maintenance treatment and limited resections implies that the vast majority of patients with Crohn's disease may live with only minor symptoms and minimal risk of having a permanent stoma, factors associated with a quality of life similar to that of the general population.

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Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2003. 47 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 769
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25547 (URN)9994 (Local ID)91-7373-526-4 (ISBN)9994 (Archive number)9994 (OAI)
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2003-01-24, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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