Diagnosis of Crohn's disease
Diagnostic Test list for Crohn's disease:
The list of medical tests
mentioned in various sources as
used in the diagnosis of Crohn's disease
Tests and diagnosis discussion for Crohn's disease:
A thorough physical exam and a series of tests
may be required to diagnose Crohn's disease.
Blood tests may be done to check for anemia, which could indicate
bleeding in the intestines. Blood tests may also uncover a high white
blood cell count, which is a sign of inflammation somewhere in the body.
By testing a stool sample, the doctor can tell if there is bleeding or
infection in the intestines.
The doctor may do an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series to look at the
small intestine. For this test, the patient drinks barium, a chalky
solution that coats the lining of the small intestine, before x-rays are
taken. The barium shows up white on x-ray film, revealing inflammation or
other abnormalities in the intestine.
The doctor may also do a colonoscopy. For this test, the doctor inserts
an endoscope--a long, flexible, lighted tube linked to a computer and TV
monitor--into the anus to see the inside of the large intestine. The
doctor will be able to see any inflammation or bleeding. During the exam,
the doctor may do a biopsy, which involves taking a sample of tissue from
the lining of the intestine to view with a microscope.
If these tests show Crohn's disease, more x-rays of both the upper and
lower digestive tract may be necessary to see how much is affected by the
(Source: excerpt from Crohn's Disease: NIDDK)
Diagnosis of Crohn's disease: medical news summaries:
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