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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Crohn's Disease


Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Crohn's Disease

Many other intestinal conditions can cause symptoms similar to Crohn's disease, including:

  • Diverticulitis, in which pouches (diverticula) that form in the wall of the large intestine (colon) become inflamed or infected.
  • Colorectal cancer, which is the abnormal growth of cancer cells in the muscular tube that makes up the lower digestive tract (large intestine).
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, a common digestive problem that causes episodes of abdominal pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation.
  • Lactose intolerance, in which a person is not able to digest lactose, a natural sugar generally found in foods made with cow's milk, such as ice cream.
  • Intestinal abscess, a pocket of pus that forms at the site of infected tissue in the intestine.
  • Bacterial infection.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
Last RevisedOctober 8, 2010

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