PVS Hospital, Kochi, in association with Colitis and Crohn’s Foundation of India and ISG Kerala Chapter will hold a national Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) meet here from Friday till Saturday.
Dr Mathew Philip, senior consultant, PVS Hospital said that the conference aims at providing an update on the diagnosis and management of IBD in the Indian context.
“All aspects of IBD would be discussed with focus on case based discussion and simplified practical approach to management. Faculties, both international and national, from different parts of the world will attend the function,” he said. Dr Mathew said Inflammatory Bowel Disease includes Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. “It is considered as a western disease which is usually seen in the urban areas. Call it paradoxical, this disease happens due to the increased hygiene. When Crohn’s could affect any areas from mouth to Anus, the ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine. Its main symptoms are dysentry and loose motion etc,” he pointed out.
One of the worst aspects of the disease is that the medical field is yet to identify the main cause of the disease. It could be either hereditary or environmental factors or due to change in the defence mechanism. The only thing that is certain is that it is usually find in those people residing in urban areas,” he said.
Dr G N Prakash, senior consultant, said that the Crohns disease usually affects the younger ones. “This is precarious as it can affect their growth. Their performance level will be low. Girls will have late puberty,” he said. The disease, if went out of control, can lead to cancer. “Twenty one percent among the IBD patients have cancer,” they said.
The other major hurdle while treating this disease is that many misunderstands IBD for TB. Shockingly, in Kerala more than 1,000 cases of Crohns disease have been identified. The doctors pointed out that the national conference is conducted to imbibe new modes of available treatments from different parts of the country. “The IBD has no cure. The patient has to intake medicines all through his like. Sometimes the cost is not affordable. One dose can even come upto `one lakh,” they concluded.