If children have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, there are many treatments out there.
And it may be confusing for you at first
when you're seeing your first patient to understand which treatment is due when.
This is a rapidly changing field. Just three years prior to recording this
we would never have used Remicade early in disease and now we're doing that all the time.
So keep in mind that this is a changing field and lookout for changes as you go forward.
However, let's go through the major treatment options
that are available to you in terms of types of treatments.
So, medications are the mainstay of management of both of these conditions.
We also have to think about nutritional considerations,
how can we optimize nutrition because it is the bowel wall after all that's involved.
And also we have to think about surgical management in these patients.
So, medications. Corticosteroids, either IV or oral,
it doesn't really matter are used in acute flares with moderate to severe symptoms.
These are the mainstay of therapy.
But as we know, steroid use frequently can result in all kinds of problems.
Moon faces, buffalo hump, all the findings of Cushing's disease.
We want to avoid them.
Additionally, patients may be treated by 5-amino salicylic acid.
This is usually for mild or moderate ulcerative colitis.
Patients may also get immunomodulators like azathioprine.
Azathioprine maintains remission in about 75% of patients.
Also in methotrexate is frequently used especially in patients who are failing azathioprine.
Infliximab is used both for induction and maintenance of remission.
And antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin and metronidazole are used for fistulae and pouchitis,
an inflammation of the pouch left over after a surgical resection of the colon in ulcerative colitis.
Oral rifaximin improves abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Additionally, patients may receive probiotics.
This helps maintain remission and again may treat or prevent a pouchitis.
Nutritional considerations are important.
Sometimes patients require enteral feeding because they don't have the energy to keep it up.
But nutrition is so important for healing.
We often provide supplemental vitamins
especially for patients with fat malabsorption where we'll give extra of the fat-soluble vitamins.
Vitamin A, D, E, and K.
Parenteral nutrition isn't uncommon especially in patients with severe small bowel disease
where they have to maintain NPO status for a long period of time.
Remember, high protein levels are needed to both reconstruct your intestinal tissue
and maintain your immune system's needs.
Surgical intervention is necessary in many cases.
For ulcerative colitis, colectomy with an ileal pouch and an anal anastomosis is the most optimal therapy.
And you can see here a patient who's had the green colon removed replaced by the purple small bowel.
And they've created an ileal pouch that's gonna act
as sort of what was previous to the rectal vault, an area to store stool until it's time to defecate.
This patient has an ileostomy.
We can hope that this patient will have that ileostomy taken down
so that he can eventually live a reasonably normal life.
In patients with Crohn's disease, fistulae and areas of stenosis
can occur that can be highly problematic and periodically segmental bowel resection is needed.
These patients become very friendly with their surgeons.
They need to be followed carefully and watched for surgical issues.
The prognosis of inflammatory bowel disease is reasonably good
and that these patients can live long and meaningful lives.
However, disease relapse is common.
And about more than half of patients will have a relapse within two years of their original diagnosis.
The body is constantly in an inflamed state.
So delayed puberty is common and these patients will achieve a lower final adult height.
Don't forget, especially fat soluble vitamins are a problem
so these patients are at risk for vitamin D deficiency.
That and combined with their frequent steroid use
put them at grave risk for bone mineral density problems.
These children can get osteopenia/osteoporosis later in life and frequent fractures.
We have to be very careful about their bone mineral density.
Some complications can occur in these patients.
Toxic megacolon can occur and that is surgical emergency.
Patients are at risk for colorectal cancer especially in ulcerative colitis.
Generally, after diagnosis for ulcerative colitis, within eight years,
a patient is gonna start being screened regularly for colorectal cancer.
There is a lifelong increased risk and frequently patients will elect
to have a colectomy to avoid the cancerous consequences.
Patients also have a risk for cholangiocarcinoma and generally complications
of the biliary tree and -- but watching for cholangiocarcinoma
is especially important in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
So what I've tried to portray for you a picture here
is that these patients can live long and productive lives.
They need help from all ailments and all sides of the medical team.
From everywhere from the medical doctors, to the surgeons, to the psychologists
and to the teachers and the parents.
But together we can make their lives come out pretty well.
So, that's all I have for you about this subject today. Thanks for listening.