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indigosunrise
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   Posted 12/7/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok so I got a letter in the mail today with the results of my endoscopy and colonoscopy.  I guess I am a little bit confused!  The doctor put in the report that I do not have any evidence of IBD on either scope.  Then she also said and I quote "There was a focal area of nonspecific inflammation in the right colon and the terminal ileum."  She also said "The possibility of an acute self-limited colitis is suggested on histology."  And lastly "The cecum and ascending colon show nonspecific inflammatory changes without any evidence of cryptitis or crypt abscesses."
 
Anyone have any idea what that means?  I have read that inflammation in the colon/bowels means it is caused by IBD so I am confused!
 
Please advise if you can!  Thanks!

pb4
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   Posted 12/7/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know, that's weird, sounds like crohns to me (as UC is limited to the colon only and CD can affect the entire GI tract from mouth to anus)...hopefully someone eles here can come along and help you figure this out better.

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indigosunrise
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   Posted 12/7/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks pb4!  Wow!  I never thought the results could be so confusing! 

Are Crohn's and UC the only two things that can cause inflammation in the digestive tract? 

Thanks a bunch!

 


pb4
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   Posted 12/7/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
To the best of my knowledge, but of course infections could as well..to me though (and I'm no doctor, just a 16 yr vetran of crohns disease) it really sounds more like CD than anything to me, you should get a second or third opinion and take the original results (and any other results you have) to the new doc(s).

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JudyK89
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   Posted 12/8/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
"Self limiting" inflammation usually means some type of infection or virus. There are other things that cause inflammation besides IBD, but IBD is "usually" the cause of chronic inflammation. They aren't calling it IBD because there's no evidence of ulcers or cellular abscesses/inflammation sounds like. You'll need to talk to your GI for better answers.
Judy
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MikeB
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   Posted 12/8/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Histlogy refers to the biopsy results, which apparently did not show inflammatory changes deeper into the bowel wall. That would tend to point away from a chronic inflammatory condition like Crohn's or UC and more toward a "self limiting" as in viral or bacterial inflammation. I wonder if yuo have taken a fair number of NSAIDS lately, which can inflame the gut as described. Overall your results are encouraging -- no ulcerations or deep inflammatory damage, which even ifyuo wind up having CD or UC, would point to a milder case.

indigosunrise
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   Posted 12/8/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all your replies everyone! 

The NSAIDS possibility does make sense...what has been going on is I have had chronic Episcleritis in both eyes that will not go away, no matter how many drops I use (Prednisone, FML).  It clears up but once I stop the drops it comes right back.  I have had it for about 6 months now and the eye doctors told me to use the drops and take as much ibuprofen as I could.  Then when I went to see my Internist for my eyes she said Crohn's causes Episcleritis in many Crohn's patients so she wanted to have me checked for that.  All my bloodwork is normal and it appears the biopsies do not show anything very significant--so I really wonder what could be causing the eye problem.  I guess I will have to wait and see what she says the next step is.  She did tell me stop the ibuprofen and I have not taken any for about a month now. 

She doesn't seem like the type to give up on finding out what's wrong.  I did feel like the eye doctors started to give up because they couldn't explain why it would not go away.  It's frustrating when something is wrong with you and they try to treat it for months and cannot figure out what is causing it.

Anyhow thanks for being there for me and for letting me vent!  :-)

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