Which common abnormalities observed on a chemistry panel suggest Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Electrolyte analysis can help determine the patient’s level of hydration and renal function. Hypoalbuminemia is a common laboratory finding in patients with suboptimally treated Crohn disease. Additional common abnormalities include deficiencies in iron and micronutrients (eg, folic acid, vitamin B-12, serum iron, total iron binding capacity, calcium, and magnesium). Liver function test results may be elevated, either transiently (because of inflammation) or chronically (because of sclerosing cholangitis).


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