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How to Diagnose Crohn's Disease

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 03:49 PM

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease develop gradually over time and vary, depending which part of the GI tract is affected.

Crohn’s Disease Signs and Symptoms:
• Intermittent abdominal pain and cramping. The severity and duration of the pain worsens as the inflammatory condition progresses.
• Loose and frequent stools with or without bloody streaks.
• Loss of appetite and sudden weight loss
• Nutritional deficiencies, anaemia, rectal inflammation, mouth ulcers, and anal fissures

Diagnostic Tests for Crohn’s Disease
Crohn's disease diagnosis involves physical examination, diagnostic blood tests, symptom evaluation, and a study of personal family. Colonoscopy may be required for diagnosis. This technique uses an instrument mounted with a small camera in order to record pictures of the colon and intestines as it moves along the digestive tract.

Abnormal fissures and fistula are located with the help of imaging tests such as a CT scan, MRI, or barium enema. Another typical diagnostic test for Crohn’s disease is stool examination. If red or white blood cells are present in stool, this indicates a patient has Crohn’s disease.

Other diagnostic tests for Crohn’s disease include abdominal X-ray, intestinal endoscopy, and biopsy.

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