This article was originally published by the Bowel Disease Research Foundation (BDRF) on 20 October 2017 and can be accessed here.
Whilst there are currently a range of strategies and operations used to try and help, chances of success are very low:
“Surgeons simply don’t yet know what the best method of therapy is and successful outcomes to treatment are elusive and can take a very long time. In Crohn’s patients, fistulae are also highly like to recur or develop in more than one place.
Our researchers identified a glaring lack of good-quality research into how treatment can be improved, and even about what current treatments work the best. Their study serves as a call to arms for researchers in the field of bowel disease to drive forward work which definitely answers the question of optimum care, as well as improvements in treatment.”