inflamation not adhesions

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   Posted 6/24/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a colonoscopy last week, showed active CD.  The Dr. told me today that the biopsy showed it was inflamation.  Does anyone know if a biopsy can really show weather or not it is inflamation.  I'd prefer inflamation to adhesions, but he's putting me on PREDNISONE.  I am very very upset about that.  anyway just curious about the inflamation versus adhesions.  Didn't know they could tell that.  Thanks

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   Posted 6/24/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
The biopsies are usually pretty accurate. I think as much as you hate it, the Pred is a good idea at this time.
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   Posted 6/24/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, biopsies show inflammation. they can't show adhesions. how much pred are you taking and how is it going?
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the responses.  I'm actually glad its really inflamation.  I don't want another surgery.  Well I started the Pred. today, 40mg., for 2 weeks when I see the Dr. again.  Then he'll decide what to do.  He also scheduled me for a CT scan to make sure there are no abcesses, as I am in pain everywhere in my abdomen.  I do hate the pred, more than anything, but if it works, I guess it's worth it.

Thanks again.....Dory

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   Posted 6/24/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dory hope the pred. gives you the kick you need to get things better again. lol gail

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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Biopsies CAN detect inflammation even when not visible to the colonoscope (depends on how good the pathologist is whether he misses it or not - and if the gastro took the biopsy in the right spot) BUT there is NO TEST for adhesions except an exploratory surgery.
Good luck w/the pred. Much as I hated to I went thru two short dosing regiments in Jan 08 and I'm back in symptomatic remission. (I also re-started the Pentasa I'd quit taking as insurance. Thank God, I am one who DOES respond well to Pentasa!).

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