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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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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed. The likeliest cause is an immune reaction the body has against its own intestinal tissue. Two major types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon or large intestine. Crohn's disease, on the other hand, can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Most commonly, though, it affects the small intestine...

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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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