Last reviewed 01/2021
- most patients have a chronic intermittent disease course, while 13% have an unremitting disease course and 10% have a prolonged remission
- less than half require corticosteroids at any point
- during any given year, approximately 10% are treated with corticosteroids and 30% are treated with 5-aminosalicylates
- up to 57% of patients require at least one surgical resection
- about one tenth of patients have prolonged remission (1)
- nearly 75% of patients have a chronic intermittent course, and about one eighth have an unremitting course
- if the patient has both small and large bowel disease then about 70% will require surgical intervention.
The atypical form of Crohn's is an acute ileitis. This, unlike other forms of Crohn's, does not recur and may represent a completely different disease.
The excess mortality in patients with Crohn's disease is approximately double that of the general population. This is due to the complications of active disease.