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How is an endoscopy used to diagnose Crohn's disease?

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During this procedure, a flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope is inserted into the rectum and used to view the inside of the rectum and colon. A small sample of tissue may be taken for testing -- a doctor will call this a biopsy. An upper endoscopy may also be used to look down the esophagus, into the stomach and the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. A capsule endoscopy uses a pill with a camera inside that is swallowed and takes pictures of the small intestine.

SOURCES:

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

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "Crohn’s Diagnosis & Testing." "Crohn’s Disease Medication Options."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Uptodate.com. "Overview of the medical management of severe or refractory Crohn disease in adults."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2017

SOURCES:

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

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "Crohn’s Diagnosis & Testing." "Crohn’s Disease Medication Options."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Uptodate.com. "Overview of the medical management of severe or refractory Crohn disease in adults."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 19, 2017

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