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How do you know if you have Crohn's disease?
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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Colon biopsy
There are many clinical features to suggest crohns.
However, diagnosis hinges upon specific features found in biopsy specimens obtained from the colon or small bowel during a colonoscopy. Biopsy specimens should be reviewed by an experienced pathologist.

In brief: Colon biopsy
There are many clinical features to suggest crohns.
However, diagnosis hinges upon specific features found in biopsy specimens obtained from the colon or small bowel during a colonoscopy. Biopsy specimens should be reviewed by an experienced pathologist.
Dr. John Edmison
Dr. John Edmison
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: See Doctor
Crohns is best diagnosed by doing a colonoscopy, looking for patchy inflammation/ulcerations in the intestines.
Symptoms such as weight loss, frequent diarrhea (may contain blood), abdominal pain, & skin rashes also point to crohns. It also needs to be properly diagnosed. Ulcerative colitis may appear like crohns.

In brief: See Doctor
Crohns is best diagnosed by doing a colonoscopy, looking for patchy inflammation/ulcerations in the intestines.
Symptoms such as weight loss, frequent diarrhea (may contain blood), abdominal pain, & skin rashes also point to crohns. It also needs to be properly diagnosed. Ulcerative colitis may appear like crohns.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
Answer assisted by Nicole Bressler, Medical Student
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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine
In brief: Biopsy of the bowel
Symptoms of diarrhea, especially associated with bleeding or mucous, are consistent with inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
These complaints warrant investigation with a colonoscopy. This procedure involves a lighted scope inserted to look at the bowel. Suspicious areas are biopsied and sent to the pathologist to look at under the microscope.

In brief: Biopsy of the bowel
Symptoms of diarrhea, especially associated with bleeding or mucous, are consistent with inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
These complaints warrant investigation with a colonoscopy. This procedure involves a lighted scope inserted to look at the bowel. Suspicious areas are biopsied and sent to the pathologist to look at under the microscope.
Dr. Kristi Kohl
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