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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is Crohn's disease a permanent condition?

    Once diagnosed with Crohn's disease, will it ever go away or is it lifelong?
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    Prof Andrew Day


    Paediatric Gastroenterologist View Profile

    Unfortunately, at this point in time, Crohn disease is considered an incurable (life-time) condition. A cure may become available in the coming years.

    However, Crohn disease is a disease that features periods of control interrupted by relapses (exacerbations). Many people can have long periods of control without their Crohn disease bothering them.

    Furthermore, because it is a long-term condition, it is important to establish the diagnosis firmly at the beginning and also to establish good control of the gut inflammation following diagnosis.

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