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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 43-47
Current IBD Therapy

Therapy of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Surgeon’s Perspective

Zane Cohen

Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be extremely challenging and difficult. IBD patients, however, must be well aware of all therapy options and must be involved in the decision-making process. Both medical and surgical therapies have their own resultant toxicity and morbidity which must be taken into consideration. Gastroenterologists and surgeons must come together in their thinking about IBD patients and continue to undertake trials of both medical and surgical therapies in order to determine the best management for any individual patient. Topics including controversies related to the pelvic pouch procedure, stricturoplasty in the management of Crohn’s disease, assessment of trials using methotrexate and cyclosporine, and toxicity of medications and surgery are highlighted.