Saturday, December 25, 2010

Early Diagnosis Mechanism For Crohn’s Disease

The diagnosis of Crohn’s disease is often difficult. This is because the symptoms of this
ailment is very common and is often mistaken for ulcerative colitis. However, the diagnosis though challenging but has been pulled of successfully by a number of lab scientists and in time for the infected person to start treatment. It involves a series of tests which is highly recommended as a vital healthcare review mechanism. The diagnosis can be done in five major ways


Endoscopy,
gallbladder_endoscopy


This can also be called colonoscopy. It allows the direct viewing of the disease in the terminal ileum and the extent of the damage in the body. This is the best method of diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. It is mostly accompanied with a biopsy where samples of the infected area are taken for verification and confirmation in the lab.



Radiologic test,

Radiologic_test
This kind of test offers the opportunities that the endoscopy cannot. Endoscopy is only used to see the terminal ileum and the beginning of the duodenum but not the rest of the small intestine. It can be called barium follow through. Here barium is ingested or injected into the rectum... Snapshots of the intestine are taken periodically to determine the state of the infection. The injection however is hardly used.



Nuclear scan,

Nuclear_scan
This is a scanning of the white blood cells at different levels and phases. The white blood cell of an infected patient is removed from his body, attached with a radioactive isotopic chemical element and then injected back into the body through the veins. This is then closely monitored for abnormality in the intestine. However this method is more suitable in monitoring the disease and determining the helpfulness of therapy.



Blood tests,


This is a process of testing the patient for the various symptoms. In this situation the person is diagnosed with the symptoms he shows. This method is often used by people who are experienced and can tell the difference between a Crohn’s and the ulcerative colitis.

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