Crohn’s Disease Symptoms: What to Watch Out For

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  • Crohn’s disease is a chronic illness, the symptoms may seem mild, or even disappear (known as remission), for some time, followed by relapses or flare-ups — periods when the symptoms are extremely debilitating
  • Depending on which area of the gastrointestinal tract is affected or inflamed, Crohn’s disease may manifest through different symptoms

Depending on which area of the gastrointestinal tract is affected or inflamed, Crohn’s disease may manifest through different symptoms. They can be mild or severe, depending on the extent of the inflammation.

Common Signs to Look Out For

Since Crohn’s disease is a chronic illness, the symptoms may seem mild, or even disappear (known as remission), for some time, followed by relapses or flare-ups — periods when the symptoms are extremely debilitating. Some of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:1,2,3,4

You may experience one or more of these symptoms, and they can be mild or very severe. Some patients also have perianal disease, which is characterized by pain or drainage near or around the anus, caused by fistulas.

Consult a Doctor If You Have Severe Symptoms

If any of these Crohn’s disease signs plague you, then you should have yourself checked by a physician as soon as possible. Particularly troublesome Crohn’s disease symptoms to watch out for include:

Consult a physician immediately if you have any of these symptoms. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor will likely do laboratory tests on your blood and stool, and conduct X-rays to see if any areas in your upper and lower GI tract have inflammation. You may also be asked to undergo an endoscopy, a procedure that allows the interior of your colon to be examined by inserting a small camera. There are two types, namely:

However, remember that colonoscopies may pose hazards, so before having this procedure, make sure to check how the hospital or clinic cleans their equipment. Be sure they use peracetic acid, and not Cidex (glutaraldehyde) for sterilization, as this can help avoid infectious materials from being transferred between patients. Beware of Cidex as it does not properly sterilize these tools, thus increasing your risk for infection.

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[+]Sources and References [-]Sources and References

  • 1 MedLine Plus, January 22, 2015
  • 2 Mayo Clinic, August 13, 2014
  • 3 MedicineNet.com, November 11, 2015
  • 4 NHS Choices, Crohn's Disease Symptoms, April 17, 2015
  • 5 Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn’s Diagnosis and Testing