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November 20, 2015

Insight into Endoscopic Balloon Dilatation for Crohn’s Disease

By Kanaaz Pereira

Endoscopic balloon dilatation (EBD) is a recognized treatment for symptomatic Crohn's stricturesDr. Kenneth Schroeder M.D., talks about a recent study, published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, that examines the efficacy, as well as complication rates for EBD.

The role of EBD in the management of Crohn's strictures may need to be redefined, and future studies are needed to determine whether endoscopic balloon dilatation has significant long-term benefits.

Read the full study online here.

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Dr. Schroeder is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.

Tags: : Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Crohn's disease, endoscopic balloon dilatation, Kenneth Schroeder, strictures, Study Findings

I have not had an endoscopic dilation but have had a balloon dilation through a colonoscopy. It is certainly a breeze to go through in comparison to surgery. However, even with remicade therapy I had only a few months relief from my stricture. Still a huge benefit to have some relief from my Crohn’s disease. Especially that I have already had multiple surgeries and there weren’t many options years ago as this to avoid more. In 35 years of having this disease the progress is hopeful.

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