Inflammatory Bowel Disease Health (cont.)
William A Rowe, MD
Shehnaz Shaikh, MD
Jonathan Adler, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
BS Anand, MD
Venkatachala Mohan, MD
In this Article
When to Seek Medical Care
If a person has the above symptoms, a visit to a doctor is warranted. Although those symptoms can suggest that the person may have inflammatory bowel disease, tests must first be performed to see if they do have IBD. The above symptoms are seen in several other disorders as well, and so the above symptoms alone do not necessarily mean that a person has IBD. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a different disorder that may have symptoms similar to those of IBD.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosis
A health care professional makes the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease based on the patient's symptoms and various diagnostic procedures and tests.
Complete Blood Count
Both the above tests are not diagnostic of IBD, as they may be abnormal in many other diseases.
A colonoscopy is an examination similar to a sigmoidoscopy, but with this procedure, the entire colon can be examined.
If you have upper GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting), an endoscope (narrow, flexible tube with a light source) is used to examine the esophagus, stomach, and the duodenum. The endoscope is inserted through the mouth, and the stomach and duodenum are examined for ulceration. Ulceration occurs in the stomach and duodenum in 5% to 10% of persons with Crohn's disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/10/2013
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