The approach could also be used to treat other auto-immune diseases such as ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Currently, Crohn's disease is treated using the ‘step-up approach'. This involves first administering corticosteroids to control the patient's symptoms before administering immune-suppressing drugs to prepare the body for a course of antibodies.
The new ‘top-down' approach eliminates the need for steroids, which can be harmful.
Instead, the approach uses immune-suppressing drugs combined with an antibody in order to address the disease from the start.
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