What is Crohn’s? Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive system, which can lead to flare-ups. Very painful!..
These Crohn’s disease symptoms, which range from mild to severe2 and vary widely from person to person1 may also include2:
- Frequent diarrhea
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease can be similar to other illnesses, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colon cancer, and ulcerative colitis.3
To rule out other causes and pinpoint a Crohn’s disease diagnosis, your doctor may run one or more of the following tests1,2:
- Blood Work: Blood samples are tested for anemia or signs of inflammation
- Barium X-ray: When ingested via enema, barium allows internal organs to be seen clearly on an X-ray
- Colonoscopy: A procedure using a small tube to view the rectum and the intestines
- Biopsy: Tissue sample of any inflamed area taken for lab analysis
- Computer-Aided Tomography (CAT) Scan: A procedure utilizing computer imaging and X-ray scanning
- Video Capsule Endoscopy: Images of the digestive tract are transmitted via an ingested miniature camera to a computer.
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