Managing Complications and Extra-intestinal Manifestations in IBD

Learn about complications or extra intestinal manifestations that are common in people with Crohn's or colitis such as, fistulas, abscesses, reduced bone density or osteoporosis, skin conditions and more.

Experts review diagnostics and management of these complications, the importance of disease self-awareness and education to identify problems, and how to discuss these complications with your health care providers.

An experienced patient also shares her personal journey about living with Crohn’s disease and the complications that can occur while starting a career, getting married and having children.


Dr. John Marshall, Professor in the Department of Medicine and Head of the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University, Member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute.

Usha Chauhan, Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP), Digestive Disease Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Melissa Erdman, Crohn’s disease warrior, wife, mom, and advocate.


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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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