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Is colonoscopy necessary to monitor inflammatory bowel disease ?

Is colonoscopy necessary to monitor inflammatory bowel disease ?

Can be: Depends on the type & severity of the colitis, and how long it has been present. Colonoscopy can look for disease resolution or recurrence on medical therapy, or how well the medication is working. Colonoscopy can look for changes to biopsy and watch for dysplasia or pre-cancerous changes too. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Is there any relation between ibd and celiac disease? How is celiac diagnosed? ( since i think colonoscopy is for large intestine only? )

Is there any relation between ibd and celiac disease? How is celiac diagnosed? ( since i think colonoscopy is for large intestine only? )

Similar symptoms: Ibd and celiac disease have been reported together in some patients. Some patients with ibd have also reported a relapse in symptoms on gluten free diet, but a direct relationship has not been definitively established. Celiac disease is diagnosed with the combination of upper endoscopy, duodenum (small intestine) biopsy, and blood test for celiac antibodies. ...Read more

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How would i know if i had inflammatory bowel disease?

How would i know if i had inflammatory bowel disease?

Sometimes it is: Difficult for doctors, even specialists, to determine if you have it or not. So it would be even more difficult for you to figure out on your own. Typical symptoms of crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis would be unexplained abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, weight loss. It is unpredicatable. Go see a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Can I do anything to avoid getting worse inflammatory bowel disease?

Can I do anything to avoid getting worse inflammatory bowel disease?

IBD treatment: Make sure that you follow up regularly with your gastroenterologist and take your medications as prescribed. ...Read more

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How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease ?

How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease ?

Medications: Variety of medications that will try to down regulate the inappropriate immune response found in ibd. Mesalamine (ie 5asa) products are a mainstay for uc and crohn's colitis. Other medications include immunosuppresant agents such as 6mp, immuran as well as biologic agents such as remicdae or humira (adalimumab). Steroids such as Prednisone are used in severe flares, but a not a long term option. ...Read more

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Can changing what I eat help control inflammatory bowel disease?

Can changing what I eat help control inflammatory bowel disease?

With flares, but...: Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colonic mucosal surface, so colectomy (removal of the colon) is curative for it. Crohn's disease however is a transmural (full-thickness) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Crohn's is not curable, but it is controllable with medications (see my previous healthtap answer regarding "step up" versus "top down" treatments. ...Read more

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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with inflammatory bowel disease?

Cramps diarrhea: Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but most have some sort of abdominal pain - usiually cramping and loose, frequent bowel movements. Sometimes fever, sometimes blood in the stool, frequently weight loss if the symptoms are bad enough. See your doctor because many of these symptoms are nonspecific. ...Read more

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Why is the p-anca test included in the inflammatory bowel disease panel that i just had done by labcorp?

Why is the p-anca test included in the inflammatory bowel disease panel that i just had done by labcorp?

Correlation: Low-level anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies of varying specificities, including anti-lysozyme and anti-myeloperoxidase, are often found in ulcerative colitis and sclerosing cholangitis. It's good to check as they support the diagnosis and may eventually be guides to treatment. ...Read more

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Who gets an inflammatory bowel disease?

Almost anyone: About 15% of close relatives of crohn's patients carry genes that predispose to this inflammatory bowel disease. Also, ethnic origin and environment (including infectious and antigenic exposure as well as tobacco) play roles in disease emergence and "flaring." keep in mind that ibd can present in young, middle aged, or elderly, and almost anywhere and in any population around the world. ...Read more

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


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