My Treatment Approach
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is frequently diagnosed in women of childbearing age. Of paramount concern are questions about the effect of the disease on a woman's ability to conceive and carry the pregnancy safely to term, as well as the effect of the disease and its therapies on the health of the fetus. For health care providers, there is also the issue of medication dose adjustments and management of flares during pregnancy. Growing experience with IBD in pregnancy suggests that most women will have good outcomes; however, concerns and uncertainty remain for both the patient and the physician.
- Ulcerative colitis diagnosis and management represent a challenge for clinicians. The disguises of ischemia and acute infectious colitis continue to confound the diagnosis. The therapeutic options have remarkably expanded in the way of immunomodulators, biologics, or ileoanal pouch surgery, yet all carry potential considerable risks. These risks can confuse and impair patient acceptance, particularly elderly patients and men younger than 30 years. Predictors of outcome of medical and surgical therapy have improved but are far from complete.