How do you know if you have Crohn's disease?
What symptoms to look for
- Duration 3:51
- Date Nov 18, 2012
What symptoms to look for
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Welcome back everybody roughly 500000 Americans have what's called Crohn's Disease it's a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the digested track.
Difficult to diagnose.
Needs to be treated doctor somebody first of all how does someone know that it's crohn's and not -- to -- be weighing in here.
Also -- of colitis.
Or inflammatory bowel syndrome.
-- seven -- the same.
No that's that's a great great question inflammatory bowel disease could be either -- or could be alternative -- this.
What we know about crohn's is that it can cover the entire GI system from the mouth all the way to the rectum.
Whereas alternative -- this is mostly in the cold and it's inflammation of the call it.
What we knew all about crohn's is that it's it's usually progressive disease it's chronic we don't know what causes it most likely autoimmune disease can can do this.
And these guys and Paris are miserable because he goes on and on and on.
I also learned that there are different type of poses is this was something new to me.
Because it could be inflammatory but over time he can really cause scarring and scores his and can block the bowels.
And that's when you end up having a lot of surgeries etc.
It -- area so through cat scans and -- -- and it was and colonoscopy.
We can see that type of -- as we can biopsy them there antibodies in the blood that we can -- to distinguish these two.
But your point is well taken because patients like this go on for years not knowing exactly what we have the importance of this -- is that disorder we know.
Did the faster we can diagnose them because there's a risk of getting colon cancer.
From also -- -- coli this and that's it be particular on this one can -- get this to fifteen to 35 as they age while.
Truly -- hero to certify they have.
And have -- have question on our on line -- just about this at Fox News slash house call there's a -- from a viewer.
Who writes I've been back and -- -- cast your intestinal -- because of severe bloating and cramping.
She said she's not -- billing problems but she's not taking it off the table either.
What should do so doctor Siegel what if you have constant severe.
-- being in and bloating is that crohn's.
Well it's not -- until we have some of these diagnostic studies that David was talking about you have to check antibodies -- crohn's is an autoimmune disease so was.
Altar of -- you look for and -- as you do these imaging studies that you might do a cat scan or an MRI were you might do.
An endoscopy you might look down to see you try to take a biopsy.
You know with Crohn's Disease you get the full level of of the bowel is effective from the outside to the inside all the way through it's a full thickness with -- -- of colitis.
It's just the top surface with crohn's you have -- -- usually -- which aren't involved it's also called regional and to -- -- But -- -- is describing something the big thing that written that lights up my brain on this is the idea of pain.
Because pain and cramping is more consistent with inflammatory bowel disease than what else we were talking about which is terrible well if you just have bloating you have diarrhea it might be terrible bubble when you -- -- -- And weight loss and bloody diarrhea.
And that's when you're really start to wonder favors -- you start to wonder could this be inflammatory bowel disease which affects a half a million Americans so it's something that if she -- the doctor can't just say oh this could be she's got to go and do some tests to figure out.
Markets trying to really point out these and also if it's a short -- -- -- if it's a cute.
And could be something viral bacterial -- food that you have the capacity a couple of weeks.
If he goes on much longer for weeks or months you talk about chronic disease which would fall into that -- quickly hereditary.
Genetics plays a role stress plays a role environmental all of this we don't know exactly.
But certainly gene plays a role if you have -- 10% chance you have a relative with -- I think and I both had so much very important topic for a lot of people suffering out there me.