Perianal Disease and Fistulas in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Watch the video to learn about fistulas, abscesses, and other perianal disease complications of Crohn's or colitis. An expert gastroenterologist provides an overview of the following:

  • What fistulas and abscesses are and why they occur or their causes;
  • Prevention and management of perianal disease;
  • Treatment options including biologic medications, antibiotics, immunomodulators, surgery, stem cell therapies, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy; and
  • The impact of perianal disease on symptoms such as pain, productivity (work, school), sexual health, and mental health.


Dr. Jeffrey McCurdy (MD, PhD, FRCPC) is a Gastroenterologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He received his PhD in Immunology from Dalhousie University in 2004, and his MD from the University of Ottawa in 2007. He completed his Internal Medicine (2010) and Gastroenterology (2012) training at Dalhousie University. Following this he completed an advanced fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Mayo Clinic, Rochester in 2013. He joined the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa in 2013. Dr. McCurdy's research interests include understanding and identifying predictors of disease related outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease.


  • 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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