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Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn’s Disease may affect as many as 700,000 Americans. It is typically found in younger patients ages 15 to 35. The disease can affect any area of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum and may have severe symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease in Dallas TX?

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever may also occur
  • Joint pain
  • Skin problems
  • Ulcers
  • Weight loss

While the exact cause of Crohn’s Disease is not well understood, there are tests your gastroenterologist may want to perform in order to render the proper diagnosis. Some of the tests Dr. James Hakert may use are:

  • Barium X-ray
  • Blood Tests
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
If diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, Dr. Hakert will go over the treatment goals with you. The goals of treating Crohn’s are to reduce inflammation in the GI tract, to eliminate nutritional deficiencies and relieve symptoms (e.g. pain & bleeding). Treatment options range from various drug therapies to surgery. Since each patient is different, your Dallas, TX Gastroenterologist will go over the best treatment solution for you.

Lifestyle changes in diet as well as a close relationship with your GI doctor can help to create a regimen in which you can closely control your symptoms. Although the average patient will go through periods of flares and remissions, most patients can live a productive life by being aware of these symptoms.


James Hakert, M.D.
8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 214 Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 368-6707
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