Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Crohn's is. A type of inflammatory bowel disease as is ulcerative colitis. These are the two most common and there is a spectrum of diseases between the two with characteristics of both. Check with a good gastroenterologist. Treatments can be variable.

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Generally yes. Inflammatory bowel disease (crohns and ulcerative colitis) are generally considered to be chronic diseases and generally require lifelong treatment. The disease can become less active over time and ultimately some patients may be able to stop therapy. Some crohn's disease is very mild and patients will go for years before seeking treatment. Read more...

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends. Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. Read more...
Usually. Ibd is characterized by periods of disease activity and remission. But considered life long disses. Yes, uc can be 'cured' with a total colectomy but that is only reserved for severe refactory cases or patients with dysplasia/malignancy. Read more...

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Unfortunately yes. but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. Read more...

Can malabsorption from small bowel Crohn's decrease sensitivity of IBD blood panel? Wouldn't low serum globulin = fewer antibodies for test 2 detect?

Not necessarily. These elevated antibodies levels are usually several folds higher in Crohn's disease compared to individuals without it. Malabsorption should not causes these levels to drop too much and they should still be detectable. . Read more...
>100,000 proteins. Globulin = total proteins less albumen, the most abundant protein. While globulins includes antibodies, it also includes many other proteins. Within the 5 antibody subclasses (IgM, IgG, IgA, IgE & IgD), with >100,000 specific binding activities for just IgG, the whole point is the ratio of relative targeting specifics, competing physiologic controls & responses. Globulin can be ? & targeting also ? Read more...

Does an ibd serology that shows Crohn's disease mean I have it?

Usually. But not always. All blood tests have a false positive rate. An ibd panel result needs to be interpreted in light of other diagnostic information. Read more...

Does an ibd serology that shows consistency with Crohn's disease mean I have it?

IBD Markers. No. These markers are not fool proof or provide 100% accuracy. Definitive diagnosis is arrived at by a variety of examinations/tests including but not limited to: colonoscopy with biopsies, endoscopy with or without biopsies, small intestine x-ray and capsule endoscopy or "pill camera." some GI specialists use the ibd serology to supplement the other tests but do not use them solely for diagnosis. Read more...
Higher likelihood. The serology panels are not meant to be diagnostic. They are generally used in confirmation of diagnosis, or to help clarify a case of inflammatory bowel disease that is indeterminate. Read more...

Is coffee bad for IBD such as the Crohn's disease? Can I have 2 to 3 cups a day?

Java . Too much of a good thing is always a safe adage . Not sure if coffee in excess can flare up or aggravate crohns or IBD but it can trigger other GI problems so best play it safe and easy on the java and ask your gastroenterologist . :) Read more...
Depends on symptoms. There have not been enough studies done on the relationship between caffeine and Crohn's yet, but there are a few things to consider whether to keep with the habit or stop. Caffeine can worsen your diarrhea, make digestion worse, and dehydrate you. You could do a trial off of it and see if you feel better or worse. If you are fairly well controlled it's probably fine but something to think about. . Read more...

Is it possible for me to have ibd, such as Crohn's disease?

See your doctor. To diagnose ibd, after your doctor takes a history and performs a physical exam, he may refer you for a colonoscopy. This procedure views the colon in its entirety, and biopsies can be performed for diagnosis. Read more...