Question: Treating Abscess or Fistula for Crohn's sufferer

Thank you Dr. Bressler for your answer to my previous question. As a follow-on, what are the typical treatment methods for a Crohn's patient who has an abscess and how does this differ from treatment for a fistula? Thank you very much in advance.

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Answer

An abscess is a pocket of infected fluid so it needs to be either treated with antibiotics or drained with surgery. A fistula is treated with medications that treat Crohn's disease such as infliximab.

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Dr. Brian Bressler

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