Evidence of pus draining from the area
around the anus or pain and swelling in the anal area
Not passing any stools or gas
If you have any of these symptoms and you have been
diagnosed with Crohn's disease, your condition may have become significantly
worse. Some of these symptoms also may be signs of
toxic megacolon, a rare complication of Crohn's
disease that requires emergency treatment. Untreated toxic megacolon can cause
the colon to leak or rupture, which can be fatal.
If you have Crohn's disease, you probably have found that certain foods trigger your intestinal symptoms, especially when the disease flares. Learning to avoid these food triggers may allow you to self-manage your Crohn's disease, reduce gastrointestinal symptoms, and promote intestinal healing.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using
medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not appropriate when you have any of the
above symptoms. If your symptoms are caused by Crohn's disease, delaying the
diagnosis and treatment may make the disease worse and increase your risk of
Even when the disease is not active (in remission),
your doctor will want to see you regularly to check for complications, some of
which can be hard to detect. It is always appropriate to call your doctor's
office for advice.
Who To See
The following doctors can diagnose most cases of Crohn's disease: