PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What tests are not considered as safe for Crohn's during pregnancy?

ANSWER

It is probably not a good idea to have a colonoscopy. The tests take a long time and patients usually get drugs to put them to sleep. (A flexible sigmoidoscopy is considered safe.)

You should also avoid X-rays and CT scans if possible. The radiation isn’t good for a developing baby.

From: Crohn's Disease and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and IBD."

Khosla, R. Gut, January 1984.

Kwan, L. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 2010.

MedlinePlus: "Mesalamine;" "Balsalazide;" and "Olsalazine."

Morales, M. Hepatogastroenterology, November/December 2000.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and IBD."

Khosla, R. Gut, January 1984.

Kwan, L. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 2010.

MedlinePlus: "Mesalamine;" "Balsalazide;" and "Olsalazine."

Morales, M. Hepatogastroenterology, November/December 2000.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

Will I need a C-section if I have Crohn's disease?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.