Dr. Michael W. Goodman & Dr. Matthew E. Bagamery

Crohns Disease

Symptoms

  • Loose, watery or frequent bowel movements
  • Crampy abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pains
  • Skin problems

General Information

Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the GI tract. It may cause blockage in the intestines and sores throughout the digestive tract. Crohn's affects the digestive tract's ability to process food, and as a result, patients with Crohn's often have inadequate nutrition.

In diagnosing Crohn's, a doctor will consider a combination of information from the patient's history and medical exam, including lab tests, x-rays and the results of endoscopy and pathology tests. These may include flexible sigmoidoscopy and possibly colonoscopy tests, both of which can be performed in the offices of Drs. Goodman and Bagamery.

There is no cure for Crohn's disease, but symptoms can be controlled through treatment to allow patients to live relatively normal lives. Typical treatments include medications to reduce inflammation in the intestines and to block the body's immune response that causes the inflammation. Until recently, these treatments involved steroids, which can have long-term health consequences.

Our office now offers a revolutionary non-steroid treatment for moderate to severe Crohn's disease that does not respond to standard therapies. Click here for more information on our Remicade IV Infusion Center.

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Erlanger Medical Mall
979 East Third Street
Suite C-0630
Chattanooga, TN 37403
423.267.5677