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Just after some information regarding IBD monitoring tests for people suffering with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease, hoping some of you might be able to help.
I'm currently under investigation for Crohn's Disease, I've had Ulcerative Colitis ruled out following a colonoscopy a few months back, where my rectum, colon and terminal ileum were all reported as being healthy. Biopsies were also taken and these came back fine too. The next step is a small bowel MRI study due very soon. I was told by a doctor that the colonoscopy being all clear is a pretty good sign that I do not have Crohn's either, whether there is any truth in that I'm unsure of, does this sound a correct assumption?
What I'd also like to know is should the MRI scan confirm a diagnosis of Crohn's Disease, are there any routine monitoring tests that will need to be done, and if so, what tests will these be and what sort of results should I expect to see? I've heard that blood tests are a good indicator of inflammation levels in the body, which in turn the levels show the severity of the inflammation. I've also heard that frequent routine colonoscopies and MRI scans are recommended as well. Does this sound correct?
These comments are what I've read about, but I'd be grateful for any information and comments from actual sufferers of IBD to give me an insight into what I should expect in the future should I get a confirmed diagnosis of Crohn's.
All comments and information would be greatly appreciated.
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