Diagnoses & Conditions

Crohn's Disease

Understanding Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Symptoms of Crohn's Disease

Symptoms of Crohn's Disease include frequent, recurring diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain, abdominal cramping and reduced appetite.

Diagnosing Crohn's Disease

To diagnose Crohn's Disease, it is common to undergo blood tests which include routine blood tests, fecal blood tests and antibody blood tests. Colonoscopy allows viewing of the entire colon using a thin flexible, lighted tube with a camera at the end. During the procedure, small samples of tissue (biopsy) for laboratory analysis may be taken, which may help to make a diagnosis. Clusters of inflammatory cells called granulomas, if present, help essentially confirm the diagnosis of Crohn's. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to identify areas of disease activity and possible complications.

Treatment of Crohn's disease

Infliximab (e.g., Inflectra®, Remicade®), administered into the blood stream intravenously, is an FDA-approved drug commonly prescribed for the treatment of Crohn's Disease for reducing signs and symptoms and induct and maintain remission in adult and pediatric patients with moderately to severely active Crohn's.

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