Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
- Digestive Disease Center
- Medical Center Campus
- 111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT, 05401
- Phone: 802-847-8865
- Fax: 802-847-7082
- Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes patchy inflammation of the lining of the intestines, leading to abdominal pain and diarrhea. Approximately 500,000 to 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s Disease: What You Need to Know
We cannot prevent Crohn’s disease since we do not know what causes it. However, studies have linked smoking to Crohn’s disease. Talk to your doctor about quitting smoking to reduce your risk.
Fletcher Allen doctors use a collaborative approach to treating Crohn’s disease. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.
We use the most sophisticated medical technology available for diagnosing and treating Crohn’s disease, including the latest advances in endoscopy and surgery.
Fletcher Allen doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the disease and your general health.
Experience, trusted expertise
At Fletcher Allen, our gastroenterologists have years of experience diagnosing and treating Crohn’s disease. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease causes the lining of your digestive tract to become inflamed, leading to pain, diarrhea and even malnutrition. People often experience different symptoms depending on which part of the digestive tract the disease affects. Crohn’s disease can be painful and severely affect your quality of life.
Crohn’s disease can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of other gastrointestinal conditions. Our doctors can provide the expert diagnosis necessary.
Risk factors for Crohn’s disease include:
- Age - Most people develop the disease before 30 years of age.
- Ethnicity - Jews of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) descent have the highest risk of developing the disease.
- Family history - If you have a close relative with Crohn’s disease, your risk increases.
- Smoking cigarettes - While many risk factors are not in your control, quitting smoking is. Talk to your doctor about smoking-cessation programs.
- Location - People living in cities or industrialized areas are at higher risk.
Diagnosis and Treatment: Crohn’s Disease
Doctors often diagnose Crohn’s disease by first ruling out other possible conditions. Fletcher Allen physicians use the most advanced diagnostic methods available in order to provide a precise diagnosis.
We use a combination of imaging scans, laboratory tests and endoscopy to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Then, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include medication or surgery
Leading a Worldwide Effort in Treatment for Patients with Crohn's Disease
Richard Colletti, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen, is leading a worldwide program to help children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis get better. View the video to find out more.
Dr. Colletti serves as the director of Improve Care Now - a network of gastroenterology care centers and professionals nationwide specializing in pediatric Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis (also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD).