Ileitis in Utah

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Ileitis refers to the development of inflammation in the ileum, the lowest portion of the small intestine where it transitions to the colon. Effects of ileitis may include those listed below:

  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping or aching in the abdomen, or fistulas (atypical channels that grow between parts of one's intestine)

Ileitis may be a result of many conditions, Crohn's disease being the most common. Other instigating factors can include infections, effects of NSAIDs, ischemia, and abnormal growths. Should you need treatment for ileitis in Utah, assistance is close at hand. Get the care you deserve by meeting with a gastroenterology provider at your closest Utah Gastroenterology location as soon as possible.

When coming up with a plan for treating or managing ileitis, the first critical step is to consult a qualified GI specialist who can determine the cause of the inflammation. Your physician will assess your medical background and conduct a complete physical examination. A series of evaluations could also be ordered to verify the diagnosis which could incorporate stool analysis, X-rays, barium X-rays of the small intestine, CT scan, colonoscopy (in which a narrow, lighted tube is inserted into the anus for a close examination), and biopsy.

If you feel that ileitis could be the source of your pain, get in touch with Utah Gastroenterology to consult with a GI provider who can create a proper treatment plan.

Your GI doctor will formulate an ileitis treatment plan based on the results of your health tests. Common ileitis therapies include anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressants to fight the irritation, antidiarrheal medication, and supplements to help lessen the inflammation and control any symptoms you're experiencing. Surgery may be considered if symptoms cannot be controlled with medications or in the event that complications develop. A surgical approach is employed to remove the diseased portion and address blockages, intestinal bleeding, and perforations in the intestine. It is important to maintain healthy habits, get regular exercise, consume healthy foods, and quit or avoid smoking.

For further details about treatment for ileitis in Utah, call to reserve a visit with our digestive health specialists.

Occasional digestive issues are common, but you do not need to spend your life dealing with pain or inflammation on a daily basis. To discuss options for ileitis treatment in Utah or to review some of the lifestyle changes you can make to improve your GI health, get in touch with our team of GI providers as soon as possible. We urge you to contact Utah Gastroenterology to schedule a consultation.

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