Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere along the digestive tract. It produces sores and ulcers that burrow deep into the tissue lining the GI tract and may cause infection, thickening of the intestinal wall, blockages that require surgery, or even holes in the intestinal tract.
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Blood in your stool
- Reduced appetite and weight loss
The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are unpredictable and may arise suddenly.
Because Crohn’s disease can heighten your risk for colon cancer, anal fissures, and other bowel obstructions, we recommend screening for Crohn’s disease if any symptoms are present.
To rule out other possible causes for your symptoms and confirm a diagnosis of IBD, your gastroenterologist may order blood tests, stool samples, X-rays, CT scan, or MRI—or perform a colonoscopy or capsule endoscopy to get a better view of your digestive tract.
What is a colonoscopy?
During a colonoscopy, your doctor uses a thin, flexible tube attached to a camera to examine your entire colon. If any suspicious areas are found, your doctor can take a small tissue sample (biopsy) for analysis.
What is a capsule endoscopy?
Capsule endoscopy allows your doctor to see the middle part of your intestinal tract , where currently no scope can go. During a capsule endoscopy, you swallow a capsule that has a tiny camera in it. The camera records and transmits images as it moves through your digestive tract.
Crohn’s disease can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated properly. While there is no cure, treatments—such as immune system suppressors, antibiotics, nutrition, and surgery–can help keep your symptoms under control.