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Crohn's Disease

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Do you have abdominal pain or cramping?
  • Do you have diarrhea, fevers, fatigue, rectal pain, or bloody stools?
  • Have you recently lost weight?
  • Is there a family history of inflammatory bowel disease?
  • How many times a year do you get pain flare-ups?
  • Do you have episodes of joint pain or swelling?
  • Are you taking any medications?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Temperature, blood pressure, pulse
  • Careful abdominal exam
  • Rectal exam

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
  • Stool sample to look for the presence of blood, white blood cells, and to culture
  • Complete blood count and other blood tests
  • Barium enema with small bowel follow-through


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