Having a Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis means constant monitoring of your blood work. Certain labs and blood tests are needed in order to start IBD medications and to monitor their effectiveness.
Lab tests let us know when your disease is flaring and provide insight into your nutritional status. They help also us monitor side effects and response to treatment.
A small blood sample is all that’s needed to conduct these tests. The most common tests include measurements of:
- erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
- C reactive protein (CRP)
- alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
- aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
- total and direct bilirubin
- hemoglobin and hematocrit
- iron and ferritin
- white blood count
- vitamin B12
If you have any questions about which labs you should have or what their results are please contact your care team.