Medical history and physical exam for Crohn's disease
A medical history and physical exam are standard tests for people who
have abdominal pain and a change in bowel habits. They allow a health
professional to determine the seriousness and extent of disease.
Bowel function, including how many bowel
movements you have per day or per week, whether you have constipation or
diarrhea, whether you have noticed any blood or mucus in your stool, and any
recent changes in your bowel habits or the shape of your
Whether your bowel movement patterns have any relationship
to your abdominal pain (for example, if passing a stool relieves your
Whether your family has any history of similar
Your use of laxatives or antacids.
that may increase your risk of an intestinal infection, such as traveling to a
foreign country, drinking untreated water, or recently taking
Your sexual history. Some sexually transmitted
diseases may infect the rectum and cause symptoms similar to those of Crohn's
Your health professional will do a standard physical exam, which may
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