Good news for Crohn’s disease sufferers as Australian scientists find ‘cure’

“Prolonged remission has been achieved for 3-23 years with individualised treatments.”

In a new study published by Australia’s Centre for Digestive Diseases, a team of world-class gut health experts have found a way to cure Crohn’s disease.

Despite coronavirus making negative headlines, there’s finally some good news – not related to COVID-19 – in the world of health.

Until today, Crohn’s disease was a crippling and incurable gut disorder (read about this 20-year olds battle with it), present in nearly three million individuals globally, and 75,000 Australians.

But now, Aussie scientists have finally found a cure for this debilitating disease. Dr Gaurav Agrawal reported in Gut Pathogens, that The Centre for Digestive Disease (CDD) headed by Professor Thomas Borody, has found a way to heal Crohn’s disorder through prolonged remission.

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Gut health can impact mental wellbeing among other things. Image: iStock.

Gut health can impact mental wellbeing among other things. Image: iStock.Source:BodyAndSoul

What does the report say?

Crohn’s disease is a life-threatening condition, which often requires sufferers to undergo frequent hospitalisations and surgeries.

“Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory process of the digestive tract characterised by deep ulcerations, skip lesions, transmural inflammation, fistulae and granulomas, with no known cure. It has a negative impact on many aspects of quality of life, including physical, social, psychological, and sexual functioning,” explained the report in Gut Pathogens.

It continued: “CD is rising in incidence and has a high morbidity and increased mortality… The objective of this study was to report on the treatment and clinical outcomes of patients with CD in prolonged remission.”

In a bid to find a cure, Professor Borody was joined by experts Dr Gaurav Agrawal, Dr Annabel Clancy and Dr Roy Huynh. The research efforts, which involved 10 Aussie Crohn’s disease patients, were funded by the CDD.

The team of experts formulated a treatment, which involved combining specific antibiotics and changing doses, in addition to, Faecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) – a process where healthy gut microbiome bacteria from a donor is transferred to a patient with harmful gut health, to encourage the repopulation of better gut microbiome.

Gut Pathogens added: “Prolonged remission has been achieved for 3-23 years with individualised treatments..


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