Prognosis for People Who Have Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a lifelong disorder—there is no cure. Although it can be difficult to manage, many people with Crohn's can lead normal, fulfilling lives with proper treatment and appropriate lifestyle adjustments. Crohn's disease often is characterized by periods of marked improvement followed by symptom flare-ups.

Crohn's disease increases your risk for colorectal cancer. If you have Crohn's and stop or change your medications for any reason, notify your health care provider immediately.

Call your health care provider if you:

  • Experience severe abdominal pain
  • Continue to have severe diarrhea—in spite of dietary changes and treatment
  • Continue to lose weight (or growing children do not gain weight)
  • Experience rectal bleeding, drainage, or sores
  • Have a fever that lasts for more than 2 or 3 days, or fever higher than 100.4°F without an illness
  • Experience nausea and vomiting that lasts longer than 24 hours
  • Have skin sores or lesions that do not heal
  • Experience joint pain that interferes with daily life
  • Experience medication side effects

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 28 Feb 2008

Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015