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CHRON’S DISEASE

Lower right area abdominal pain
Affects primarily the small intestine (ileum)

Assessment:
– diarrhea
– weight loss
– bleeding

Treatment:
Treatment may include drugs, nutrition supplements, surgery, or a combination of these options. The goals of treatment are to control inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies, and relieve symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.

Drug Therapy
Anti-Inflammation Drugs.
♠ Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) (most common)

  • – an antiinflammatory agent
  • – there can be change of color in urine (orange-yellow olor)

Side Effects:  (Sulfasalazine)

  • Nausea
  • vomiting
  • gastric distress
  • anorexia (loss of appetite)

Cortisone or Steroids.
Immune System Suppressors.
Infliximab (Remicade).
Antibiotics.

 

♠ REMEMBER FOR THE NCLEX:

Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)- is the drug of choice for treating Crohn’s Disease.

 

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