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Crohn's Disease - Exams and Tests

Crohn's disease is diagnosed through a medical history and physical exam, imaging tests to look at the intestines, and lab tests.

It may go undiagnosed for years, because symptoms usually develop gradually and it doesn't always affect the same part of the intestine.

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Crohn’s Disease: Staying at a Healthy Weight

Crohn's disease can make it hard to keep your weight healthy and get the nutrients you need. But it's possible. The inflammation linked to Crohn’s can give you nausea and diarrhea, as well as curb your appetite. As a result, you may eat less, making it harder to keep weight on. Some Crohn's medicines may also affect your weight. Corticosteroids such as prednisone can cause temporary weight gain. If that bothers you, talk with your doctor.

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Other diseases can have the same symptoms as Crohn's disease. But doctors can diagnose Crohn's by doing a test that looks at the inside of the intestine.

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