Has Pentasa helped close up fistula?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 9/12/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, haven't been on a while have been in hossy but ill save that for another post. I have been on Pentasa since 10th aug 09 but in the last 9 days my Enterocutaneous fistula (fistula through tummy) hasn't drained at all the dressing is clean every day!!! i have researched pentasa and it doesn't say anything about helping with closing fistulas so a bit confused but happy its 1 thing less to worry about! could this just be a coincidence?  any clues anyone? Thanks Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 128
   Posted 9/12/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Just sounds like the fistula is healing. Pentasa is a 'topical' medication designed to just coat the intestine, so I wouldn't think of it as a fistula healer.

Which means the healing is happening through your body, a very good sign!!!
I am a pre-30yr. old who has been diagnosed with Crohn's for 14 years.  Symptoms change from cramping and weight loss to severe anemia with fatigue and diarrhea. 
100mg mecaptopurine, 40mg Prednisone, Darvocet for dessert.  Starting Cimzia this week (fingers crossed).

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Date Joined Oct 2004
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   Posted 9/12/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first got Crohns in 1994 I got a perianal fistulae about 4 months after DX and I was given Flagyl to clear it up.  It worked well that I haven't had another fistulae and didn't need surgical intervention.  I hope you feel better soon :-)

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 9/12/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
maybe it might help because of the location of the fistula...its in an area where Pentasa can target...where those like me with the fistula..in the rectal area..my Pentasa..can't address rectal inflammation...


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