Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic diseases, which means that they are lifelong conditions.
Over time, you may have periods of good health (remission) as well as times when your disease is more active (relapses or flares). Everybody is different.
The key objective for you and your doctor is to agree a treatment plan which reduces the chances of flaring and damage to your gut, giving you as normal a life as possible.
High and Low risk
What does it mean?
High-risk patients are more likely to experience early and frequent disease flares within the first 12 months after diagnosis. Low-risk patients are less likely to experience multiple flares within the first 12 months.
- As a low-risk patient, you can feel more confident that starting with less aggressive therapies is appropriate.
- If you are high-risk you may be monitored more closely and prescribed stronger treatment earlier, potentially increasing the chance of achieving remission, and reducing the risk of future symptoms and surgery.
“Safer for patients and cost saving to NHS”
Patient reviewer, NIHR DEC
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Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis explained
Courtesy of Dr Mike Evans whiteboard Series; Reframe Health Lab