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Crohn's Disease Specialist

Marc David Makhani, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

LA Digestive Health and Wellness

Marc David Makhani, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Makhani offers world-class care and cutting-edge treatments for patients with Crohn's disease, helping all patients manage their symptoms and prevent permanent damage with routine monitoring and evaluation to fit their personal needs. Dr. Marc Makhani is a Gastroenterologist diagnosing and treating patients with Crohn’s disease at his practice at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.

Chron's Disease Q & A

What is Crohn's Disease?

Patients with Crohn’s disease may suffer chronic inflammation in their GI tract, especially the colon. Some symptoms of Crohn's Disease include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and sometimes even fever and night sweats.

What causes Crohn's Disease?

To this day, the causes of Crohn's disease remains unclear. Genetics, heredity and environmental factors are thought to be some of the reasons why certain individuals have Crohn’s disease.

How will I find out if I have Crohn's Disease?

After a medical diagnosis is made, Dr. Makhani will come up with an individualized plan for his patients with Crohn's disease. This plan may include lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress or improving one's diet as well as prescribing medication to suppress the inflammation. If lifestyle changes and medications are not successful, patients may need to go through with surgery.

What are the symptoms of Crohn's Disease?

Mild to severe symptoms arise and ultimately depend on the severity and location of inflammation in the GI tract. Symptoms may include: 
• Bloody Stools 
• Abdominal cramping and pain 
• Diarrhea 
• Abdominal cramping and pain 
• Fatigue 
• Fever 
• Perianal disease (the term for complications that occur around the anus or rectum that may include hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistula and abscess, anal fissures or stricture) 
• Reduced appetite and/or unintentional weight loss 
• Mouth sores 

What are my treatment options for Crohn's disease?

Usually, medication is utilized first to help control and prevent future tissue damage and to reduce inflammation. In mild or moderate cases, anti-inflammatory medications are used to control and decrease symptoms. In moderate to severe cases, immune-system maintenance medications or suppressors that block the body’s immune response are recommended.  A dose of steroids or cortisone may initially be given to control severe symptoms. Antibiotics may be tried because bacterial infections can frequently accompany Crohn’s disease. In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended to drain a fistula or an abscess or to remove damaged portions of the GI trac