• Cola Cola
    October 22, 2008
    Can you have both crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?
    Cola Cola
    October 22, 2008

    My husband was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 8 years ago. He has been in a flare up for almost a year now and now doctors are discussing Crohn's disease. We are wondering can you be diagnosed with both?

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  • Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    October 23, 2008
    Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    October 23, 2008

    Cola,

     

    Your husband wouldn't be diagnosed with both UC and Crohn's. In my case I was diagnosed with UC ten years ago. A few months ago when I was in a flare some of my symptoms made my doctor think I was trending more in the Crohn's direction. I could have a colonoscopy done to verify her theory, but for me, the treatments that I use for the UC helped the flare calm down and all is back to normal.

     

    But no, he wouldn't have both. It's one or the other. They can be tricky to diagnose and sometimes it's not until symtpoms get worse or new symptoms arise that a definitive diagnosis can be made for one or the other.

     

    A colonoscopy and a look at his small bowel will be the most likely tests they do to figure this out.

     

    Good luck,

    Elizabeth

    • TabithaG
      July 16, 2009
      TabithaG
      July 16, 2009

      Sorry, but I find it interesting that you can't be diagnosed with both UC & Crohn's Disease.  My brother was diagnosed with BOTH 6 years ago.  I myself have been dealing with issues and was explaining my family history to my PCP and he told me the same thing -- you can't be diagnosed with both, yet he HAS been diagnosed with both. 

       

      How is it possible for one doctor to make an official diagnosis of both, yet others say it's impossible?

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    • Elizabeth Roberts
      July 16, 2009
      Elizabeth Roberts
      Health Guide
      July 16, 2009

      Hi,

       

      You're right, there is a diagnosis now called Crohn's Colitis. More than a year ago when I answered that question I was unaware that this diagnosis existed. But, over the past 6 months I've heard more and more GI's (gastroenterologists) discuss this new diagnosis within the IBD family.

       

      So, you are correct.

       

      Elizabeth

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    • Diane
      August 10, 2010
      Diane
      August 10, 2010

      OMG!!! Thank You ! I've have UC for 18 years,,,several years ago I was told by the same dr> I have Crohns!...Ive moved across the country ,,,this dr. calls it colitis!,,,so frustrated!,,,So yes! I believe you can have both!!

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    • bproctor
      June 13, 2011
      bproctor
      June 13, 2011

      I agree, I have been diagnosised with both for the last 2 years.only to be complicated with CMV ( due to a compromised immune system from long time use of Prednisone) which is a viral infection that had bound to my Colon.

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    • Angie
      August 07, 2012
      Angie
      August 07, 2012

      My oldest daugher was diagnosed with UC when she was 13 years old. She is now 31 and has been diagnosed with Chrohn's. Her rheumatologist told her it's rare to diagnose a patient with both, but it does happen.

       

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