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The Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic at Anne Arundel Medical Center is a collaborative model to care for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). We recognize that when you are not feeling well, it affects your whole being. The path to wellness requires support and understanding of your individual needs.
While we appreciate that taking medications is vital to your care, it is only part of our overall approach. At the Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic, we coordinate as a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, surgeons, nutritional services, radiologists, infusion therapy and other specialists. Our team of experts also offers broad-based knowledge, including innovative immune-suppressing drug therapy. Team members conduct a weekly interdisciplinary conference to discuss patients’ needs, treatment and progress. They also work closely with both the patient and the referring physician to coordinate a care plan designed to offer the best outcomes.
Our goal is for you to take an active, informed role in your journey. Medications and therapies will be explained and agreed upon together before being initiated. We will supply you with the tools you need to get yourself better and will help you learn to use those tools to stay well.
We determine treatment based on symptoms, severity and other characteristics of the disease and then customize to fit your individual needs. Options may include:
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the overarching name for two chronic diseases which cause swelling of the intestines or the colon: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon, but Crohn's disease may affect any area of the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly the end of the small intestine (the ileum) and the colon.
Although there are a number of theories involving genetic and environmental factors, the cause of inflammatory bowel disease ultimately remains unknown.
Common genetic variations in over 100 genes have been identified as increasing the risk of IBD. Having a relative with IBD increases the risk several fold. People of Jewish ancestry have a greater risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, although the disease occurs in all ethnic and racial groups.
Environmental risk factors include living in a Western industrialized country, particularly in urban and higher latitude environments, and for Crohn’s disease smoking and for ulcerative colitis not-smoking. Numerous other factors have been proposed including infectious triggers.