How Do I Know If I Have Crohn's Disease?

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The two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — have several signs and symptoms in common, but they are very different conditions. One of the main differences between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is the location of the disease. Crohn’s disease can affect the digestive tract anywhere between the mouth and the anus, while ulcerative colitis only affects the large intestine (or colon). A second important difference is that in Crohn’s disease, inflammation involves all layers of the intestinal wall, and ulcerative colitis affects only the inner lining.
Another key difference between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is the presence of comorbid (or associated) conditions.

What Causes Mucus in Stool?

Strictures, fistulas, and fissures tend to be more common in Crohn’s disease, while toxic megacolon is more common in ulcerative colitis. Distinguishing between the two forms of IBD can be difficult at times, but knowing the difference between the two is extremely important for treatment. Here you will find a list of symptoms of ulcerative colitis and symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

Intestinal Symptoms

Non-Intestinal Symptoms

Associated Conditions

Signs and Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Intestinal Symptoms

  • Mucus in the stool
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Ulceration in the digestive tract
  • Urgency to move the bowels (tenesmus)

Non-Intestinal Symptoms

Associated Conditions

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