What is Pediatric Crohn’s Disease?

How is Pediatric Crohn’s disease diagnosed?

Your child will have a physical exam and you will be asked to give a medical history. Your child’s doctor may also want to have some tests taken to help decide if your child has Pedi Crohn’s disease.

  • Lab tests (blood, urine, stool)
  • Endoscopic procedures (endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy)
  • X-rays (Upper/Lower GI series, Abdominal CT Scan)

Blood tests can be used to look for

  • low blood counts such as anemia or low iron levels
  • poor nutrient absorption by the intestine
  • high white blood cell count showing inflammation
  • whether or not a treatment is working

digestive graphicStool samples can be used to look for

  • bacteria that causes inflammation
  • blood in the stool
  • inflammation

X-rays can be used to

  • decide if your child has Crohn’s disease
  • find where the disease is located in the digestive tract
  • show areas of swelling or narrowing of the small intestine

Endoscopy gives the doctor more information about your child’s digestive tract by using a lighted scope to see inside areas of the intestine. Endoscopy is thought to be the best way to get a definite diagnosis

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