Review: Colonoscopy‐guided therapy for the prevention of post‐operative recurrence of Crohn’s disease

About half of patients with Crohn's disease (CD) require surgery within 10 years of diagnosis. Resection of the affected segment is highly effective, however the majority of patients experience clinical recurrence after surgery. Most of these patients have asymptomatic endoscopic recurrence weeks or months before starting with symptoms. This inflammation can be detected by colonoscopy and is a good predictor of poor prognosis. Therapy guided by colonoscopy could tailor the management and improve the prognosis of postoperative CD.

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