There are at least 10,000 people with Crohn’s disease in Serbia: “Patients must learn to live with it”

About 10 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. There are no meager data for Serbia, but it is assumed that there are at least 10,000 patients in our country.

Source: TV Prva

Photo: Printscreen / TV Prima

Photo: Printscreen / TV Prima

In Serbia, diagnosis is often difficult, sometimes it takes 5 years to make a true diagnosis. Symptoms are not recognized, which leads to patients feeling unwell. As the disease progresses, complications arise that can only be treated with surgery.

That is why gastroenterologist Dr.Sran Markovi from KBC Zvezdara and Ljiljan Akovi from the Association for Crohn’s Disease have spoken about this topic for TV Prva.

“These diseases are chronic and therefore cannot be cured, but can be cured well,” said Sran Markovi, adding:

“It’s a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the digestive tract – from the mouth to the colon.”

Lily of the Valley from the Crohn’s Disease Association says patients should learn to live with this diagnosis.

“You have to learn to live with these diseases, the patient knows this diagnosis better and stays with it. The consequences can be weight loss, fever, abdominal pain, a large number of fine stools that are often bloody.”

Because of the suffering that people go through with Crohn’s disease, it is necessary to recognize a certain degree of disability.

“The association has been in existence for ten years and because of the cooperation with other European associations we have come to the conclusion that we must help patients in every way. One of the ways is to recognize a certain degree of disability.”

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