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How do you know if you have Crohn's disease?

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There isn't any one test that can tell you whether or not you have Crohn's disease. And its symptoms are the same as symptoms for other health problems. So, to make a diagnosis of Crohn's, you'll probably go through a combination of exams, lab tests, and imaging studies to rule out other health problems that have similar symptoms and determine which part of your digestive tract is affected. Lab tests check for signs of infection, inflammation, internal bleeding, and low levels of substances such as iron, protein, or minerals. X-rays and other images can help identify the severity and location of the problem.

From: Diagnosing Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Diagnosing Crohn's Disease."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reuters Health: "Capsule endoscopy may miss post-op recurrence of Crohn's disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Diagnosing Crohn's Disease."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reuters Health: "Capsule endoscopy may miss post-op recurrence of Crohn's disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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