Diagnosing Crohn’s Disease

abdominal painCrohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, weight loss, and bloody stools. It is an incurable disease, but the symptoms can be managed once it is diagnosed.  There are three types of tests that doctors perform to determine if a patient has Crohn’s.

Endoscopy – The first test that doctors will perform involves direct visualization of the patient’s gastrointestinal tract. An endoscopy involves inserting a lighted scope into your rectum or throat to look for damage and inflammation indicative of Crohn’s.

Diagnostic Imaging – If the endoscopy does not provide enough evidence for a diagnosis, the doctor may order some imaging tests, including an MRI, digital X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound. These tests create images of structures within your body and can help the doctor spot inflammation and tissue damage in your GI tract.

Blood Tests – While not a very effective diagnostic tool for Crohn’s disease, a blood test can measure the disease’s effect on your body. Electrolyte imbalances from chronic diarrhea are just one of the things a blood test can show.

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