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Hope For Crohn's Patients With Fistulas Found In HUMIRA/Adalimumab


Ruth White

At the recent European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) annual meeting in Lyon, France, Abbott Laboratories announced that HUMIRA (Adalimumab) is successful in the treatment of fistulas in susceptible Crohn's patients.
Crohn's Disease (CD) is a gastrointestinal disorder which is indicated by chronic inflammation of the wall of the digestive tract. The disease involves constant cycles of flare-ups and remission throughout the life of the patient, and without proper treatment, must be addressed surgically. It is considered an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), similar to ulcerative colitis. Up to 43% of Crohn's disease patients develop painful and embarrassing fistulas, which are tunnels that connect affected organs to surrounding tissues such as the bladder, vagina, or skin. These are difficult to treat, can cause fecal discharge in abnormal locations, and can thus lead to incontinence, infections, and complications that will necessitate surgery.
You should introduce yourself, to put it bluntly, this is very common knowledge, and we'd like to know more about you and your history with this "disease incarnate"....:)