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How is Crohn's disease misdiagnosed?

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Crohn’s disease is often confused with another condition called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are similar, and both involve periods of active flare-ups, followed by times when you don’t have symptoms, which is called remission.

The only way to find out if you have Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis is to see your doctor for tests.

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “What is Crohn’s Disease?”

Lei, H. , July 1, 2016. Biomedical Optics Express

Mayo Clinic: “Crohn’s disease.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Crohn’s Disease.”

Medline Plus: “Crohn’s Disease.”

DeFilippis, E. Feb. 23, 2016. Current Gastroenterology Reports,

Bray, J. , Feb. 22, 2016. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “What is Crohn’s Disease?”

Lei, H. , July 1, 2016. Biomedical Optics Express

Mayo Clinic: “Crohn’s disease.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Crohn’s Disease.”

Medline Plus: “Crohn’s Disease.”

DeFilippis, E. Feb. 23, 2016. Current Gastroenterology Reports,

Bray, J. , Feb. 22, 2016. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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