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how can you distinguish between symptoms of ibs and crohn's disease?

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Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS SX can be managed .You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com

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IBD, IBS: These are three totally different conditions. Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune connective tissue disorder. Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease, refers to ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, and indeterminate colitis) ibs refers to syndromes of abdominal pain, and irregular bowel habits that occurs in the absence of other diseease not found on routine evaluation.
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What r the signs of IBS or chrons?

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Adominal Discomfort: Ibs can affect people differently. Some experience lower abdominal cramping, pain and/or bloating with constipation, diarrhea or both. It is often triggered by stress or different foods. Crohns is an inflammatory disease of GI tract that can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and rectal bleeding. Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

How do doctors distinguish between IBS and crohns?

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Hist, physical, test: Crohn's-inflammatory bowel often with pain, diarrhea (including at night), fever, weight loss, other sx. Ibs- generally no fever, wt loss. Physical exam clues. Abnormal tests: basic cbc, biochem, colonoscopy, small bowel studies (xray, etc., capsule endo). Family history may be a clue also. Can co-exist; somecrohn's patients also have ibs symptoms.
Dr. Sanath Kumar
Colon and Rectal Surgery 51 years experience
Another way of checking by a blood test called IBD-7 prometheus profile. Not perfect but gives some clues.
Sep 13, 2012
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Provided original answer
Blood test is not good enough to make a diagnosis, but may help distinguish if colitis is Crohn's or ulcerative.
Sep 13, 2012
Dr. Sanath Kumar
Colon and Rectal Surgery 51 years experience
Ma have a familial disposition, but not inherited
Sep 13, 2012
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Are chrons dissease and IBS similar in symptoms? How are they different?

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Different etiologies: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel disorders, which affects different parts of the intestinal tracts, depending on the condition. However, irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion, based on the rome ii criteria. Diagnosis of irritable bowel disorder requires exclusion of organic, infectious and inflammatory bowel disorders.

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