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What are the goals of tests and exams to diagnose Crohn's disease?

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You'll probably go through a combination of exams, lab tests, and imaging studies with these goals in mind:

  • Rule out other health problems that have similar symptoms .
  • Make a clear diagnosis of Crohn's disease .
  • Determine exactly which part of the digestive tract is affected.

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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