Crohn's Disease

How Is It Diagnosed?

Crohn's disease can be hard to diagnose because it can share a lot of signs and symptoms with other digestive conditions, such as ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, in order to make a diagnosis, the healthcare provider will usually ask a number of questions and perform a physical exam looking for signs of Crohn's disease. He or she may also recommend several tests. Some of these tests include:
 
(Click Crohn's Disease Diagnosis to learn more about these specific tests, along with conditions that share similar symptoms with Crohn's disease.)
 

Treatment

The treatment that a healthcare provider recommends for a patient will depend on factors such as:
 
  • The location and severity of the disease
  • The complications a person has
  • The response to previous Crohn's treatment.
 
The goals of Crohn's treatment are to control inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies, relieve symptoms (such as abdominal pain [or stomach pain], diarrhea, and rectal bleeding), reduce flare-ups, and delay the need for surgery.
 
Treatment options for Crohn's disease may include:
 
Researchers continue to look for treatments that may someday cure this disease.
 
(Click Crohn's Disease Treatment for an overview of treatments.)
 

Crohn's Disease Information

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