Is there a part of your intestine they can not see in testing for Crohn's disease?

Most of the small I! The small intestine cannot be visualized with "scopes." certainly barium studies can idnetify more serious lesions, but not as well as the colon. The new "swallow-camera-pill, " cxan define some lesions, but it's track record is spotty.

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Is there a part of your small intestine they can not see in testing for Crohn's disease?

Most of it. Except small area of proximal and distal small bowel, most of of it can not be visualized. Capsule endoscopy is some help , as it passes through , the tiny camera transmits pictures expensive and not routinely used. Diagnosis is done by clinical presentation and radiological studies. Read more...

What part of the intestine is inflamed with Crohn's disease?

Variable. Crohn's can affect the entire GI tract. The most common area is the distal end of the intestine called the ileum or the first part of the colon or large intestine. Read more...

Taking entacort to treat Crohn's disease. Does this steroid enter bloodstream or only 'topical' within the intestine?

Both. It acts locally but then it is completely absorbed by the intestine. Following this 80-90% is metabolized by the liver before it reaches the rest of the body (1st pass). However some systemic effect still occurs. Read more...
Minimal absorption. Very little is absorbed, so that systemic side effects are unlikely. Read more...

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. Read more...

What effect does snorting cocaine have on a healthy bowel and what is the effect on bowel with Crohn's Disease?

Pardon my irony. The effects of the stress from dealing with police/courts/prison conditions is BIG and has very bad effects on several body functions, but maybe especially hard on your bowels. Certainly a Crohn's patient, but even a healthy bowel might not deal well w/ the dietary deprivations you could encounter. BTW, at the point of use, it may feel good. But it is risky in many ways beyond that. I'd say avoid! Read more...

Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes. If fifteen percent of the population has ibs. Then 15 percent of crohns patients may have ibs. How can one distinguish between crohns and ibs. Ibs should not lead to blood in the stool, fevers or nocturnal wakening due to pain or weight loss. Read more...
Yes. Remember , IBS is a syndrome that is characterized by symptoms, although there are some anatomical changes in these patients colons that have been identified. There is not a causative relationship between these two disorders. A person with undiagnosed chron's may have symptoms identical to ibs. Likewise, a person with IBS could also develop chron's. Read more...

I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome last year and I have been coping, could I possibly have Crohn's disease?

You may need tests. Many symptoms of ibs and crohn's disease overlap, including diarrhea, abdominal pain. Most people with ibs do not have crohn's disease as well. However, because of the overlap, you will need a gastroenterologist to help sort this out for you and most likely will involve blood tests, stool tests, and likely a colonoscopy. Read more...

I need a colonoscopy but I'm too weak to do bowel cleanse. I have Crohn's disease & a heart condition w/electrolyte abnormalities. What are my options?

Ask your doctors... Ask your existing doctors if direct inspection with colonoscopy could be replaced by indirect means like digital camera endoscopy or modified imaging studies. Of course, the doctors and you together will consider the balance between medical necessities and professional possibilities. Read more...