, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 153-161
Date: 03 Feb 2012

Managing Perianal Crohn’s Disease

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Abstract

Perianal Crohn’s Disease (CD) is a significant cause of morbidity in CD patients. Accurate identification of perianal involvement requires advanced imaging techniques in addition to physical exam. Treatment of the disease is aimed at improving both the perianal and intestinal manifestations. Proper treatment depends upon the severity of the disease and combines current medical and surgical therapies to maximize response. The ability to improve perianal disease has grown significantly since the introduction of anti-TNF agents which are now a mainstay of treatment along with antibiotics and immunomodulators. New experimental therapies are limited by lack of research to support their use.