Extraintestinal complications of inflammatory bowel disease
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- van Bodegraven, A.A., Dijkmans, B.A.C., Lips, P. et al. Curr Treat Options Gastro (2001) 4: 227. doi:10.1007/s11938-001-0035-1
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Extraintestinal complications of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are often secondary to the underlying disease. Therefore, the first priority is to get active IBD into remission with medications, since surgery for IBD is not indicated for the treatment of extraintestinal complications.
Symptoms of extraintestinal complications usually can be treated with simple agents; the treatment of patients with refractory symptoms and the use of more complex drug regimens should be done in cooperation with specialists on affected organ systems.
Careful consideration of prescribed drugs is necessary because they may negatively influence the course of IBD.