Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD

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"It is estimated that as many as one million Americans have IBD [inflammatory bowel disease] — with that number evenly split between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis"
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD is written by a leading expert in the field and provides the most current...

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Overview

"It is estimated that as many as one million Americans have IBD [inflammatory bowel disease] — with that number evenly split between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis"
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD is written by a leading expert in the field and provides the most current and significant information on these conditions. The book answers important questions and covers topics such as:

  • What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • How do you get Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?
  • What to expect when you have IBD?
  • Dietary treatment
  • Drug therapy
  • Surgery
  • Psychological factors
  • Children with IBD,
    and
  • Alternative medicinal therapies.

Learning as much as possible about the condition is an important step toward taking charge and alleviating the negative effects of IBD on daily life. With this book, patients will gain a better understanding of diagnosis and treatment and begin to lead useful and productive lives. While there is no cure at this time for either condition, Dr. Steinhart's expertise and realistic advice will go a long way to improving a patient's health and quality of life and providing reassurance to their loved ones.

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Editorial Reviews

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
Would I recommend this [book] to my patients? I would do so absolutely and without reservation.
— Ford Bursey, MD, FRCPC, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology), Memorial University of Newfoundland
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada - Ford Bursey
Why another book on IBD you might ask? Well this book has raised the bar in the field of medical information for the general public. The approach taken by Dr. Hillary Steinhart in this book Crohn's and Colitis, results in a clear discussion of an illness that at times seems confusing and that may even be overwhelming for patients and their families. He has set the standard to which other authors should strive; not only in the area of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but also in all books that intend to educate the public about medical conditions.... This is an excellent overview of IBD that is written in a style that is easy to understand, yet contains enough detail that it could function as an introduction to the subject for medical students and many other health care professionals.... Would I recommend this [book] to my patients? I would do so absolutely and without reservation.
National Association of Crohn's and Colitis - Georgina Shaman
An informative and comprehensive read... The book is written with an uncomplicated, easy to understand style, and with a factual and positive tone.... Many of the questions and answers raised are important to the personal lives of the reader, such as intimacy and social aspects.... The book is written for the lay reader and explains all technical and medical terms carefully.... This informative and optimistic book is a must have for anyone suffering or caring for a person with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis.
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Reviewer: Willem J de Villiers, MD, PhD, MHCM (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This book is intended as a resource for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and their family members. It represents a culmination of the clinical experiences of Dr. Steinhart and his colleagues at Mount Sinai Hospital, the personal experiences of patients with IBD and the most recent medical research in this field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date information to patients and their families on the many aspects of IBD. There is an abundance of misinformation about this disease. As a reputable source for patients, this book nicely achieves the author's objectives.
Audience: Although generally written for patients with IBD and their families, this is also a good resource for medical students, residents, and other practitioners who see and treat patients with IBD. Dr. Steinhart is Head of the division of gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Canada. Dr. Steinhart has extensive clinical and research expertise in IBD, and he has made an invaluable contribution to the field.
Features: The book begins with a general overview of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Etiology, epidemiology, and genetic factors are discussed in detail. The second part of the book covers the practical aspects of disease management, and includes a discussion of diet, medications, and psychological aspects associated with the disease. The section on dietary strategies for managing IBD is excellent. The bulleted key points, lead-in case studies, and commonly asked questions are an effective way to present information and enhance the overall readability of the book. The diagrams greatly aid the understanding of surgical concepts. I might have included a short discussion regarding alternative and/or complementary medicine use by these patients, as it is very common.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive, up-to-date book for patients and healthcare providers on the many aspects of IBD understanding and management. The information is accurate and thorough, but written in a style that is easy for most to read and understand. The author does an outstanding job of answering the questions most commonly asked by patients. In a healthcare environment that often limits our ability to effectively educate our patients about their disease, it is nice to have a resource to recommend to them. I highly recommend this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778801320
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 534,006
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. A. Hillary Steinhart, MD, MSc, FRCP (C) is Head of the Combined Division of Gastroenterology for Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network in Toronto. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research interests are in the areas of clinical trials, outcomes assessments, and the genetics of inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Table of Contents

Preface

PART 1 Understanding Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

  1. What Is This Disease?
    • What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Who Gets Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Where in the Body Does IBD Occur?
    • What Goes Wrong in the Gut with IBD?
    • What Are the Possible Complications of IBD?
  2. How Do I Know I have IBD?
    • Recognizing Symptoms
    • Common Symptoms
    • Diagnostic Methods
    • Prognosis
  3. What Can I Expect Now That I Have IBD?
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Can I Die from This Disease?
    • Will the
      Disease Get Worse?
    • Can My Condition Improve?
    • Can I Still Go to School?
    • Can I Get and Keep a Job?
    • Will I Need To Be Hospitalized?
    • Will I Need To Have Surgery?
    • Will I Need a 'Bag' Outside My Body To Collect Stool?
    • Can I Get Cancer from IBD?
    • What Lifestyle Changes Will I Need to Make?
    • Will I Be Able To Become Pregnant?
    • Can I Take My Medication during Pregnancy?
    • Will My Condition Flare during Pregnancy?
    • Will This Disease Affect the Birth of My Child?
    • Can I Travel If I Have IBD?
    • What Causes IBD?
  4. How Did I Get This Disease?
    • Causal Factors
    • Possible Infectious Causes
    • Possible Environmental Causes
    • Possible Inherited (Genetic) Factors
    • Unified Theory
    • Implications for Treatment
PART 2: Managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  1. Dietary Strategies for Managing IBD
    • Reliable Information
    • The Right Diet
    • Preventing Malnutrition
    • Diet Modifications
    • Elimination Diets
    • Lactose-Restricted Diets
    • Calcium Sources
    • Vitamin D
    • Other Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
    • Liquid Calorie Supplements
    • Low-Fiber Diets
    • High-Stool Output Management
      Diets
    • Fluid Diets
    • Food Fears
    • Nutrition Support
    • Current Nutrition Research
    • Diet Counseling
  2. Psychological Support for Managing IBD
    • Psychological Concerns
    • Stress
    • Depression
    • Coping Strategies
    • Coping with the Medical System
    • Drug Therapy and Surgery Challenges
  3. Drug Therapy for Managing IBD
    • Medication Considerations
    • Drug Therapy Options
    • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
    • Mesalamine (5-Aminosalicylic Acid) Containing Drugs
    • Glucocorticoid (Steroid) Medications
    • Antibiotics
    • Immunosuppressant Medications
    • Biologic Drugs
    • Clinical Research Study Designs
    • Surgery Option
  4. Surgical Treatment of IBD
    • The Need for Surgery
    • Ileostomy and Colostomy
    • Surgical Procedures for Ulcerative Colitis
    • Surgical Procedures for Crohn's Disease
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Preventing Recurrence
    • Children with IBD
  5. Treating Children with IBD
    • Family Challenges
    • Special Management
    • Prospects

Resource and References
Index

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Preface

Preface

Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a challenge, not only for those of you who have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, but also for those of you who have a family member or close friend afflicted with one of these disorders. Meeting this challenge requires the help of knowledgeable health-care professionals. Knowing yourself what impact Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may have on your life and what management strategies are available is also very important. The well-informed patient may have the best chance for recovery.

However, the amount of information you can find when trying to learn about inflammatory bowel disease can be overwhelming. There are so many possible sources of information — doctors, nurses, books, pamphlets, websites, patient associations, Internet chat rooms, friends, and relatives. Often this information is confusing and contradictory. The quality of the information varies greatly from source to source. This information overload can leave you confused and frustrated, thus making it even more difficult to deal with these chronic diseases.

We have written this book in order to provide patients, families, friends, and health-care professionals with a clear, current, and concise account of the possible underlying causes, clinical features, and effective treatments of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Rather than simply presenting a list of facts about the disorders, we have given them an applied clinical context based upon our years of experience with many hundreds of patients who have been evaluated, followed, and treated at the Mount Sinai Hospital IBD Centre. We have also tried to make this information directly relevant to IBD sufferers and their families by recounting case histories and answering the questions patients frequently ask. We hope to provide another means for dealing with these diseases, which we are only now really beginning to understand.

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Introduction

Preface

Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a challenge, not only for those of you who have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, but also for those of you who have a family member or close friend afflicted with one of these disorders. Meeting this challenge requires the help of knowledgeable health-care professionals. Knowing yourself what impact Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may have on your life and what management strategies are available is also very important. The well-informed patient may have the best chance for recovery.

However, the amount of information you can find when trying to learn about inflammatory bowel disease can be overwhelming. There are so many possible sources of information -- doctors, nurses, books, pamphlets, websites, patient associations, Internet chat rooms, friends, and relatives. Often this information is confusing and contradictory. The quality of the information varies greatly from source to source. This information overload can leave you confused and frustrated, thus making it even more difficult to deal with these chronic diseases.

We have written this book in order to provide patients, families, friends, and health-care professionals with a clear, current, and concise account of the possible underlying causes, clinical features, and effective treatments of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Rather than simply presenting a list of facts about the disorders, we have given them an applied clinical context based upon our years of experience with many hundreds of patients who have been evaluated, followed, and treated at the Mount Sinai Hospital IBD Centre. We have also tried to make thisinformation directly relevant to IBD sufferers and their families by recounting case histories and answering the questions patients frequently ask. We hope to provide another means for dealing with these diseases, which we are only now really beginning to understand.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    VERY INFORMATIVE

    EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE BOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH CROHN'S AND COLITIS. THIS OFFERS A LOT OF EXTRA HELP, YOU CAN'T FIND ONLINE.

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