Elemental diet and Crohn’s disease

Elemental diets (ED) are liquid diets that contain all the nutrients your body needs. The nutrients are usually taken in a digested form and give the digestive system a rest.

The results of this study reveal that patients with inflammatory Crohn’s disease do better when ED is combined with infliximab (Remicade) compared to taking infliximab alone.

Approximately twice as many patients showed a positive response when assessed at 8 and 16 weeks after starting combined therapy.

Unfortunately, people with fistulizing Crohn’s disease showed no difference in response between the two treatments.

A good review of Crohn’s disease is available here. The role of diet and nutrition in Crohn’s disease are discussed here.
7/20/06 09:36 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.