Symptoms and Diagnosis for IBD (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis).
By Amber J. Tresca, About.com Guide
- Symptoms of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Diagnosing IBD
- Blood Tests: In Depth
- Colonoscopy: In Depth
Symptoms of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are categorized together as IBD. But the two diseases can have different symptoms. Learn the differences between these two forms of IBD.
- Signs and Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- What Are The Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?
- What Are The Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?
- Abdominal Bloating and Gas
- Bowel Obstructions
- Mucus in the Stool
- Night Sweats
- What is an Autoimmune Disease?
- Rectal Bleeding and IBD
- Worsening of Symptoms During Menses
A physician may use a complete medical history as well as several tests to diagnose IBD. Tests can include both endoscopy (tests to look inside the gastrointestinal tract), blood tests, and biopsies.
- How IBD is Diagnosed
- Differences Between Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Abdominal Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
- Barium Enema
- Digital Rectal Exam
- Fecal Occult Blood Test
Blood Tests: In Depth
A variety of blood tests are commonly used in the diagnosis and treatment of IBD.
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Hemoglobin Level Test
- Red Blood Cell (RBC) Count
- White Blood Cell (WBC) Count
Colonoscopy: In Depth
A colonoscopy is commonly used to diagnose Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. This test allows a physician to see inside the large intestine to determine the source of gastrointestinal symptoms.