Gastroenterologist Questions Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease and Lupus

My 18 year old daughter is diagnosed with Crohn's disease and lupus runs in the family. Is it possible to have lupus, too, or are patients with Crohn's more likely to get it? What tests are needed to see?

Female | 18 years old
Complaint duration: May 14,2018

7 Answers

It's not common for lupus and Crohn's to co-exist but anything is possible. More likely are lupus-like syndromes that can occur with certain treatments for Crohn's disease. Patients would need to see a rheumatologist to help sort things out if lupus is suspected. It all depends on the specific symptoms and the history. Diagnosis is by clinical picture and blood tests ordered by the rheumatology doctor.

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It is possible to have both Lupus and Crohn’s disease. They are both considered a type of autoimmune disorder and an autoimmune disorders can be in clusters. There are several blood tests that can be done to check for lupus, one of them include anti-double-stranded DNA. Your primary care doctor should be able to order these test for you. A rheumatologist is a specialist that would be able to determine if she has symptoms consistent with lupus. Please note that patients with Crohn’s disease can have joint disease that is not related to lupus. Once again, a rheumatologist would be able to help make that decision.

Both Crohn's disease and Lupus are autoimmune diseases and yes, they can present together in a patient. May I suggest you review 'Rick Simpson Oil' as a modality of help.
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It is possible to have Crohn's and lupus, however, certain biologics used in the treatment of Crohn's predispose patients to lupus.
Crohn's is a specific disease of the bowel. Some have positive antinucoear antibodies. Some lupus patients have bowel disease. Most times, the blood tests are very helpful. Ask for an AVISE test to be done.
Crohn’s and SLE are separate diseases but both may be autoimmune in origin. You can have both but not predisposed
She needs a complete GI evaluation, including, but not limited to GI endoscopy and biopsy.