This week, as part of our occasional series on endoscopy treatments, we focus on Crohn’s and Colitis – conditions that can be diagnosed though an endoscopy - a service that is available at our hospital.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs). Symptoms include diarrhoea, tiredness, anaemia and abdominal cramps but there are others. There can be a connection between the symptoms in that if you are anaemic you are more likely to feel tired and if you have cramps or diarrhoea your sleep may be disturbed making you tired.
Crohn’s and Colitis are chronic conditions, which means you will always have it but that doesn’t mean you will always feel unwell. There may be times when you have very few, if any, symptoms but if your symptoms make you feel unwell it is important to get medical advice as there are treatments which can help you feel a lot better.
Although Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are different conditions that affect different parts of the digestive tract, doctors are likely to use the same tests to help them establish their diagnosis.
However, because Inflammatory Bowel Disease is an ongoing condition, some of the tests may need to be repeated from time to time, or extra tests may be needed.
In our next article we will look at the tests that may be carried out to achieve a diagnosis.
Meanwhile, you can find out much more about Crohn’s and Colitis
Published on 31 August 2020