Crohn's Disease: The Complete Guide to Medical Management

Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF

Chapter 22: General Principles of Medical Therapy of Crohn’s Disease (continued)

Denis Franchimont, MD, PhD; Gary Wild, MD

An accurate definition of the patient profile is a critical step in the evaluation of patients with CD as it affords the opportunity to rule out concomitant disease, identify aggravating or precipitating factors, catalog the patient’s therapeutic history (including surgery), assess the patient’s adherence and psychological profile, and predict the disease phenotype. Crohn’s disease onset or relapse is often associated with diarrhea, abdominal pain, and sometimes fatigue, fever, and weight loss. These symptoms can, however, be misleading as they can also reflect a concomitant…