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Diagnosis of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

Editor’s note: For World IBD Day 2019, community members submitted questions for Dr. Nandi. This video was recorded by Dr. Nandi on World IBD Day and was published at a later date.

One of the Community’s questions was “What are other subtle signs and symptoms to lead to the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis?”

There is no single test for Crohn’s or UC diagnosis

It is very important to know that there is NO single test that will give you a 100% diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Doctors have to put together all of the clues on history, physical exam, labs, stool studies, endoscopy and imaging in order to connect the dots to give the diagnosis. This can be difficult and challenging in some patients.

Crohn’s and colitis can result in symptoms outside of the intestines

Extra-intestinal manifestations can also occur. This refers to manifestations of IBD in other organ systems outside of the intestine! Hence, they are called extra-intestinal. A few examples include aphthous ulcers in the mouth, eye pain or vision changes, arthritis, skin rashes, and other less common conditions. These illnesses must be treated and sometimes treating the intestine heals the extra-intestinal manifestation. Dr. Nandi elaborates more in the video.

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Comments

  • Julie Marie Palumbo moderator
    1 month ago

    I have had all of the above–mouth ulcers, joint pain, skin rashes–all stemming from my Crohn’s Disease. It truly is a full-body disease, and most of my flares have been outside the gut. Great information!!

    –Julie (Team Member)

  • Neilanjan Nandi, MD, FACP author
    3 weeks ago

    It really is a systemic disease with far reaching impact on one’s well being ! Thank you for sharing and I hope you are well !

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