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73monte
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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My Daughter will be going for a routine check-up with her GI. I know they will be doing blood work. I'm sure it's been discussed here before, but could someone tell me what levels are checked to indicate any Crohn's activity. I know there were a couple of things other than white blood cells, and iron levels. Thanks, Tom. 
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.


staci100
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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the most important is the C-Reactive Protein. I am not sure but I think if it is less than .5 then it is within normal range.

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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). At my clinic, CRP is normal if <1 and ESR if <21.

They might also check vitamin B12 or other vitamins/minerals that people with Crohn's often become defiecient in (folic acid, vitamin D, etc.).
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You will also sometimes see the ESR referred to as the Sed Rate.
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   Posted 5/20/2008 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
They might check liver function (LFT) too, and do a full blood count (FBC) to check nutrition levels. As Illini said, sometimes they'll check for specific vitamins, too.
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73monte
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   Posted 5/22/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all who responded, it was the esr and crp tests that I was thinking of.
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.

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