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Can you still have Crohn's if your colonoscopy test is negative?

Can you still have Crohn's if your colonoscopy test is negative?

Yes: Crohn's disease can affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. In many patients, the colon is not involved, and so a colonoscopy will not reveal any abnormal findings. A diagnosis of crohn's disease is made using a combination of symptoms, physical exam findings, blood tests, imaging tests, and other clinical tests. ...Read more

Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...Read more


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If I'm not in a flare will the colonoscopy still show signs of Crohn's disease?

If I'm not in a flare will the colonoscopy still show signs of Crohn's disease?

Usually No!: Like other medical tests, only what is present at the moment, within the limits of accuracy of the test, may be revealed. Additionally, the range of what is considered "normal" is huge. Eg for most quantitative measurements the central 96% of the range (compared to a small & unspecified group of people measured at some time in the past) is considered "normal". Studying the issues yourself is Best ...Read more

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Can i tell me if I am being tested for Crohn's and i are feeling well before a colonoscopy will it still show up?

Can i tell me if I am being tested for Crohn's and i are feeling well before a colonoscopy will it still show up?

Yes in theory: In theory, if you truly have Crohn's disease and you happen to feel well on the day of the procedure, it will definitely show up on pathology. That is because Crohn's disease is CHRONIC inflammation. It can't disappear over night. Even if you are on the right treatment and are starting to feel better it takes weeks to months for all the inflammation to resolve. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i'm being tested for Crohn's and I am feeling well before a colonoscopy will it still show up?

Can you tell me if i'm being tested for Crohn's and I am feeling well before a colonoscopy will it still show up?

Chron's Diagnosis: Although colonoscopy is usually most useful when you are having symptoms related to crohn's flare, colonoscopy exam can be helpful in diagnosing various aspects (e.g. Stricture, cancer, etc. ) of disease even when feeling well. http://www.laendo.net/english/inflammatory-bowel-disease-88079022. ...Read more

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Endoscopy and colonoscopy came out clean but husband still has symptoms of Crohn's what now?

Endoscopy and colonoscopy came out clean but husband still has symptoms of Crohn's what now?

Gastroenterologist n: Your husband should seek help from a gastroenterologist who might be able to prescribe medicines for treating Crohns disease. Since this disease effects the small bowel(predominantly) it typically does not show up in either upper or lower endoscopies(as you rightly indicated) ...Read more

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Are colonoscopies and endoscopes accurate in detecting crohns? Can they be normal and the person still have crohns?

Yes possible : some Crohn's disease can only affect the small bowel so you'd need to evaluate the full GI tract. If EGD/colonoscopy/capsule are all negative at a time you're having symptoms, then it's pretty unlikely that crohn's is the answer. ...Read more

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Is urgency to empty bowels in the morning normal? Stools come out in smaller pieces. Family history of crohns. Colonoscopy clear.

Is urgency to empty bowels in the morning normal? Stools come out in smaller pieces. Family history of crohns. Colonoscopy clear.

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. IUC/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 TXPROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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Having bloody stools and lots of pain for a year had a colonoscopy and no inflammation was found biopsy taken could this still be colitis or crohns.

Having bloody stools and lots of pain for a year had a colonoscopy and no inflammation was found biopsy taken could this still be colitis or crohns.

Meckles Diverticulum: Though this is found mostly in the Pediatric age group, but there are cases reported in Adults. These are found in the distal ilium. Best diagnoses with a Meckles scan . Other causes can be A/V malformation and can be diagnoses with a radioisotope tagged RBC scan or Mesenteric Aa. Angiogram. Think outside the box (colon) ...Read more

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Colonoscopy pos in 3 areas for inflammation but not for Crohns Dr running Prometheus lab for IBD. Can it still be pos? No infection not caused by meds

Colonoscopy pos in 3 areas for inflammation but not for Crohns Dr running Prometheus lab for IBD. Can it still be pos? No infection not caused by meds

Inflammation = ↑WBCs: (the inflammatory cells protecting us from cancer, microorganisms & viruses) activity. Can WBCs also attach healthy cells? Yes, called autoimmune diseases. Study the http://www.prometheuslabs.com test which is about low level body biomarkers which are involved in some of the cell/tissue control mechanisms; not a cure, just some possibly helpful clues. The Soul?Mind?Brain?Body issues are complex. ...Read more

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Have severe intestinal pain for 2 years now. Had mre of small bowel and colonoscopy w/biopsies, stool samples. All normal. Doc says ibs. Could this be crohns? I eat bland and still have pain.

Have severe intestinal pain for 2 years now. Had mre of small bowel and colonoscopy w/biopsies, stool samples. All normal. Doc says ibs. Could this be crohns? I eat bland and still have pain.

Eating bland?: Does that include sugar and sweeteners? If so try doing without. Another possibility is milk and milk products including cheese. Agree that most likely diagnosis is ibs. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more