Peri anal Crohn's

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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
What has been your experience with Crohn's in this area? Symptoms? Anyone ever get a virus down there b/c ther immune system has been compromised by Remicade or antoher immunosuppressant?

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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I cannot help, but I have never heard of this. Did you try to google it?

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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Bitbit,

  I had perianal disease which manifested itself via abcesses.  They were very very painful and did not respond well to Remicade and were made worse by treatments of prednisone.  I had a drain inserted into my perienium and was put on a long course of antibiotics.  This was very painful and uncomfortable as the antibiotics cause diarhea and the placement of the drain made it almost impossible to keep the area clean.

I had the drain for 5 months when the doctor's suggested they disconnect me giving me an ileostomy so that the perianal abcess would have a chance to heal.  I just had reversal surgery for the ileostomy after having it for 18 months.  The abcess still has not healed completely but my intestinal Crohn's is in remission.  I was told I have a 50/50 chance that the abcess will come back again but since I have a lot of intestine left and am only 31 I did not want to live with the bag forever and decided to take the risk.

Now, I am waiting to see.  I hope the disease will not come back in this area and the doctors feel Remicade is the answer.

Are you having symptoms?

October 2003 - Dx/ed with Crohn's disease
April 2004 - 2ft of small bowel removed plus complications due to abdominal abcesses - 6 weeks in hopsital
October 2006 - perianal abcess, surgery to have drain inserted
February 2007 - abcess wont heal surgery for temporary ileostomy, started Remicade
Oct 16th, 2008 - Surgery to reverse Ileostomy - in Remission first time ever!!

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   Posted 11/9/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had an abscess that burst, fistula, and skin tags. Now, they think I have a virus down there. I have bumps on my skin and they want to remove them. they think it is from being on the Remicade and not having a strong immune system to fight off a virus that might have been dormant in my system. I am trying to find out if anyone has had this or something similar.

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   Posted 11/9/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms were an abscess, fistula, chronic fissure, and skin tags. Never heard of a virus there though.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I've only had issues with perianal crohn's skin tags...this link shows pictures of them

It's the second set of pics under the pics of hemmies that are perianal croh'n skin tags (aka; elephant ears)



My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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