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QXP 8/31/09 5:35 PM Page 23 100 Q&A ABOUT CROHN’S DISEASE AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS: A LAHEY CLINIC GUIDE Laboratory Testing Diagnosis Through the use of blood tests, your physician can determine whether you are anemic, malnourished, vitamin deficient, have electrolyte imbalances, or have other abnormalities that could contribute to your symptoms. Some evidence indicates that testing positive for antiSaccharomyces cerevisiae antibody (ASCA) suggests that a patient has Crohn’s disease, and testing positive for antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) suggests that a patient has ulcerative colitis.

It is important to note that all of the aminosalicylates are FDA approved for ulcerative colitis but do not have FDA approval for Crohn’s disease. This is because there is little scientific evidence demonstrating their usefulness in Crohn’s disease. Despite this fact, physicians commonly prescribe these drugs for Crohn’s disease because anecdotally they do seem to be beneficial for some patients and are considered the safest therapy available for IBD. QXP 8/31/09 5:39 PM Page 47 100 Q&A ABOUT CROHN’S DISEASE AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS: A LAHEY CLINIC GUIDE 19.

How does it work? Budesonide (Entocort) is a corticosteroid that is approved for use in mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease involving the ileum and right colon. QXP 8/31/09 5:39 PM Page 52 100 Q&A ABOUT CROHN’S DISEASE AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS: A LAHEY CLINIC GUIDE Because it is rapidly metabolized by the liver, budesonide has fewer and less intense corticosteroidtype side effects. disease affecting this area. Because it is rapidly metabolized by the liver, budesonide has fewer and less intense corticosteroid-type side effects.

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