Diagnosing Crohn's vs. UC

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   Posted 9/23/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know if Crohn's or UC can be diagnosed through a blood test? Or does a GI have to scope you, take a tissue sample, and then send it off to a lab?

I was first diagnosed with Crohn's after a colonoscopy, and the GI diagnosed me just by looking at my colon. Can they really tell the difference between Crohn's and UC just by looking? confused

Thanks for any input you have on this.

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 9/23/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
as far as I'm aware, they two disease do have slight differences. Though, I would think that it would be difficult to tell which is which just by the naked eye, it's still good practice to get biopsies and check them out under a scope just to be sure.
25 years old
Diagnosed 9/06 with Pancolitis. The diagnosis was changed 9/20/07 to Crohn's disease.
Located in my large intestines, stomach, and mouth.
Asacol 3 3x's a day reinstated 9/20/07
Colazal 3 3x's a day which was stopped 9/11/07
Can not tolerate Prednisone in the slightest amount
Imuran 100mg a day. Which I started 8/24. Stopped 9/11/07
Methylpred 40 mg a day.


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   Posted 9/23/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
They COULD if you are a classic, textbook case of CD inflammation. However, this is nearly a minority group of us. Everyone being different, their Crohn's seems to be a bit different. The textbook description of CD in the bowels is diseased tissue* healthy* diseased* healthy. But the skip areas can often be feet between them.

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