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Is there a test to show me that my Crohn's disease is in remission?

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The Crohn's disease activity index tool is one way to check. It measures 18 symptoms, including pain and diarrhea, and gives you a score. But this test isn't always accurate. Even though symptoms go away and you feel fine, you might still have inflammation that can cause a flare-up.

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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