Crohn's disease can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because it can have similar symptoms to lots of other conditions.

A GP can check for any obvious causes of your symptoms and refer you for more tests if needed.

Seeing a GP

To find out what the problem might be, the GP may ask about:

They may also:

Blood and stool samples can be tested for things like inflammation – which could be due to Crohn's disease – and infections. It may take a few days or weeks to get the results.

Referral to a specialist

If they think you could have Crohn's disease, a GP may refer you to a doctor called a gastroenterologist for tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Tests you may have include:

What happens if you're diagnosed with Crohn's disease

If a doctor thinks you have Crohn's disease, they'll tell you about the condition and the treatment options.

It might be difficult to take in everything they tell you.

If you're unsure about something later, write down any questions you have and make another appointment to go over them.

The charity Crohn's & Colitis UK has information for people diagnosed with Crohn's disease

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2019
Next review due: 1 August 2019