Testing & diagnosis

Your doctor will likely diagnose Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis only after ruling out other possible causes for your signs and symptoms. He or she will use a combination of tests and procedures, including, but not limited to:

  • Blood tests 
  • Endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopy and upper endoscopy
  • Imaging procedures, such as x-ray, small bowel imaging, ultrasound or CAT scan

If you have been newly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, please visit the newly diagnosed page for more information.

You may also find it helpful to read our brochure, Surving and Thriving.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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