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   Posted 3/7/2018 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My 20 year old son had what we thought was appendicitis, pain only, in his lower right side. A CT scan shows diffuse thickening of the ileum. Does this automatically mean it is inflammation? Can this really be anything else but crohn's disease? And I would like to know if one bout of inflammation means it is chronic? Can you go a lifetime without any more issues? Lastly, can irritable bowel syndrome have the same CT scan? He has an appointment with a GI next week. Thanks for your response.

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   Posted 3/8/2018 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there knotguilty, I'm sorry you and your son are going through this. First off, crohns can only be confirmed through a colonoscopy with biopsy. There are several types of inflammation you can get that are not crohns but given the location and description, crohns would be a possibility. If it is crohns it is by nature chronic but there are all different manifestations of the disease, some of which are very mild but it is impossible to predict. Some are ill frequently while others have years to decades of remission in between flare ups. The only thing you can do is get good medical treatment and proper medication for it and make sure you educate yourself with good sources and sites like There are a lot of scams and miss information out there that claim cures through "natural" products and techniques- just a fore warning, No matter how good they sound they are misleading, false and prevent proper medical treatment.
Irritable bowel syndrome will not show up on a CT scan. It is a functional condition, no inflammation, no damage is done and is a diagnosis only given to those who have symptoms but everything else has been ruled out. I hope the GI appointment gives you some answers. Let us know how it goes!
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