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Welcome to IBD Partners Research Ideas Page!

In this area you will be able to:

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You are an active participant in  IBD Partners research prioritization process! Have you ever had a question about IBD that you wish science could answer? Tell us what research is important to you!

Here, you can submit a research idea to the community, cast your votes, and discuss research ideas proposed by other members. Please make your research question as specific as possible. Other members will vote on your research idea, and we will prioritize research ideas with the most votes.

You are allowed to vote for your own proposed research idea if you want. However, you can only vote for a total of five research ideas. If you have already cast your five votes and an idea you like even more is proposed, you can change your votes at any time to reflect your current preferences.

The research team will review all submitted ideas and provide a response to you and to the community. If your idea leads to an IBD Partners Study, you will have the opportunity to serve as a patient collaborator on the research team for that study.

We encourage you to prioritize the ideas that are most important to you, even if the research team determines that your idea is not a good fit for IBD Partners. We will share ideas labeled “Not a Good Fit” with researchers outside of our network when appropriate. We want to make sure all of your votes count!

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How can the sCDAI be accurately assessed for Crohn's patients who experience constipation and not frequent and/or loose bowel movements?

Diarrhoea is not a symptom in all Crohn's patients. This causes two primary issues. The first issue is the length of time to be tested and diagnosed as constipation is not often seen as a symptom. Second, most disease activity surveys/charts/measurements become inaccurate for those who do not experience loose, watery stools. This only adds to the frustration and alienation of the patient from society and now their own IBD community.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 4 years ago
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How likely is being put on Remicade for Crohn's Disease going to stop the recurrence of fistula's and abscesses to prevent having to have surgeries?

I have had four abscesses removed via surgery thus far and one fistula removed. However, another fistula has been found via a recent ultra sound I had done which I was told most likely will need to be treated with another surgery.

Procedures And Testing
last activity almost 3 years ago
2    1
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Develop non-invasive methods to remove hemorrhoids and perianal skin tags from IBD patients without the risk of ulcers, harm to sphincter, etc.

IBD patients are more much more likely to get hemorrhoids and skin tags (up to 37% of Crohn's and 25% of Colitis patients get skin tags - whereas only 4.4% of the general population gets hemorrhoids). But IBD patients either don't get them removed, or else risk significant harm in doing so. Innovative methods are needed to address the needs of this significant patient base.

Procedures And Testing
last activity almost 3 years ago
11    0
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Can better tests be developed to confirm Crohn's and IBS-D diagnoses do or do not exist in patients?

Either diagnosis can take several rounds and types of testing which can take significant time and money. Additionally, when a patient has both conditions, the time to correct diagnosis and treatment is significant.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 3 years ago
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Because so many Crohn's patients are on immunosuppressants, I am wondering if there are a lot of patients who have developed more allergies (to plants, animals, foods, etc.). Is this an issue?

Well, it's always dangerous to generalize from your own experience, but I would suspect that taking immunosuppressants over extended periods of time might have such an effect. It might be something physicians should be aware of and ask about, in order to help clients manage any reactions they might develop.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 2 months ago
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Why is crohn's disease most common in the terminal ileum?

Since crohn's disease appears to be site specific, a location analysis may yield some additional clues on what triggers the inflammation.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 4 years ago
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It was 40 years ago that I had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Fazio for Crohn's dis. I have diarrhea secondary to the surgery but have not had a recurrence. How common is this? All insurance policies say I must report that I have Crohn's.

Maybe patients can be cured. I think a survey of all patients who have had extensive surgical resection with temporary iliostomy may reveal that there is a chance for a cure.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 5 years ago
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What is the most effective treatment for bile acid diarrhea, a common side effect of resection of the terminal ileum?

Thousands of people have had their terminal ileum removed due to Crohn's disease. Many (most?) of them suffer from bouts of extreme urgency due to excessive bile acid in the large intestine. Current treatments are marginally effective, and generally little used.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 4 years ago
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