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   Posted 6/26/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there I am new here! I hope that some of you experts can help me out with a question.

My son is almost 4 and is having an MRI next month to check for Chron's disease. He was initially sent to a GI at 1 year because an abdo ultrasound showed a large illium, but a follow up ultrasound (done by someone different) was shown to be normal. Eventually he was treated for severe reflux, with prilosec/losec 30mg a day.

He is still on this dose of losec, we try to decrease it/eliminate it and he goes downhill fast. At the moment they are thinking that the losec could be acting as an anti inflammatory (don't even know if that is possible?) and that he could have Chron's disease.

So my questions are... could the losec be helping him if he does have Chron's and while on it, he doesn't have any severe symptoms?
If this is so, then should he be off the losec for the MRI or won't it matter?
If you have a little one with Chron's what symptoms are/were the biggest ones for you?

I am sorry if this is confusing, but my poor son has been tested here there and everywhere and I don't want to have another test done for them to rule it out because of something like a medicine.

Rachel (mum to Parker)

Sorry just adding that he has clubbed fingers and respiratory problems have been ruled out. His poos are generally normal, but since potty training, he is having accidents a lot (with poos only) and I don't know if that is a training thing or a 'I am scared of poop' thing. He sometimes says it just comes out, but it is never runny.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
First off mom take a deep breath. I have had this disease since I was 18 and am now 50. I take Prilosec (US) myself. I would go ahead and have him continue on it thru the MRI. I don't think it will effect his tests results at all.

My first symptoms were wavy type cramps, diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting. Everyone's symptoms can vary. Some have bloody poos, some don't. I think I would go ahead and get the test run so you can figure out what is going on with him.

Keep coming here, we will gladly help as we can.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
The losec will not affect the MRI results, so he can stay on it during the test with no problem.

I doubt the losec is acting as an anti-inflammatory. More likely, if he does indeed turn out to have Crohn's, the Crohn's is what is causing him to have such bad acid reflux. The losec is treating the reflux, one of his symtoms, but perhaps not treating the root cause.
It's fairly common for people with Crohn's to have reflux problems.  On the other hand, lots and lots of people have reflux but DON'T have Crohn's.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
When my daughter did her upper gi/sbft, her illium was enlarged also. So the dr. had us wait 20 minutes or so, and take more was just poop going through there making it larger....Thank God! So, that is one explanation why the ultrasound could show 2 different things.
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