Crohn’s Disease affects approximately 500,000 Americans. It is an ongoing disorder, which manifests continual inflammation of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis only affects the large intestine, whereas Crohn’s Disease affects the entire tract. Treatment for the disease is based on its location, severity and associated complications. Cimzia, Remicade, Tysabri and Entyvio are common drugs used to treat the disease typically along with anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids.
Immunodeficiency Disorders are a group of disorders in which part of the immune system is missing or defective. Therefore, the body’s ability to fight infections is impaired. As a result, patients suffering from immunodeficiency disorders will have frequent infections which are typically more severe and last longer than usual or expected.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease occurring when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. It can affect your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. It is sometimes difficult to diagnose Lupus as its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Corticosteroids and numerous immunosuppressants, such as Benlysta, are used to control lupus.
Multiple Sclerosis can cause a variety of symptoms: changes in sensation, muscle weakness, abnormal muscle spasms, difficulty moving, difficulties with balance or coordination, problems with speech and swallowing, visual problems, fatigue, acute or chronic pain, bladder and bowel difficulties, cognitive impairment, and emotional symptomatology. Tysabri and intravenous steroids are commonly used in MS treatments.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder primarily affecting joints. It typically results in warm, swollen and painful joints. The disease may also affect other parts of the body, possibly resulting in low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs and the heart. Common treatment for adult and pediatric patients are actemra, orencia, remicade, rituxan, simponi aria and intravenous steroids.
Psoriatic Arthritis is considered a rare disease affecting fewer than 1 in 2,000 people. It can affect any part of the body and ranges from mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, disease flares may alternate with periods of remission. There is no known cure currently for psoriatic arthritis. Treatments utilizing cimzia and remicade aid in controlling symptoms and preventing further damage to joints.
Ulcerative Colitis is a long-term condition resulting in inflammation and ulcers of the colon and rectum. Individuals affected by these diseases may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea often times mixed with blood. Weight loss, fever and anemia may occur. Complications may include megacolon, inflammation of the eye, joints, or liver and colon cancer. Corticosteroids and aminosalicylates, immune system suppressors, entyvio and remicade are options for treating associated symptoms.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a group of blood cancers including all types of lymphoma except Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and fatigue are common symptoms. Many individuals may also experience bone pain, chest pain and itchiness. Some forms grow slow while others advance quickly. Lymphoma refers primarily to just cancerous blood cell tumors rather than all such tumors. Rituximab is one of many approved treatment drugs.