Crohn’s & Colitis Glossary

Diagnostic Scan


A test that allows doctors to examine the colon (large intestine) by inserting a long, flexible tube with a camera through the opening of your anus.



A type of ostomy in which the stoma is formed by bringing part of the large intestine through the abdominal wall and then your stool (poop) will then empty into a pouch secured to the skin around the stoma.

Diagnostic Scan

Computed Tomography Enterography (CTE)

This is a type of CT scan where the patient swallows a special contrast to give a better view of the intestines.

Diagnostic Scan

Computerized Tomography (CT)

This scan uses X-rays to create detailed three-dimensional images of the body that can show inflammation or complications related to IBD.

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Copay Accumulator

A feature or program within a health insurance plan where the manufacturer's payments are no longer applied toward the patient's deductible or out-of-pocket expenses. The manufacturer copay card/coupon funds prescriptions until the maximum value on the coupon/card is reached. After the value is reached, your out of pocket-costs begin counting toward their annual deductible and out-of-pocket maximum.

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Copay Maximizer

A feature or program within a health insurance plan where the manufacturer's payments are no longer applied toward the patient’s deductible and out-of-pocket maximum. The maximum value of the manufacturer's coupon/card is applied evenly throughout the benefit year.

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A fixed amount you pay for certain medical care or medications. The amount can vary by the type of health care service.



Medications that decrease swelling and inflammation by suppressing the immune system. These are used as short-term medication.

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The amount you pay for health care services before your health insurance plan begins to pay. For example, if your deductible is $1,000, your plan won't pay anything until you've spent $1,000 on medical care or medications. Deductibles reset annually. Keep in mind that some services, including preventive services, may not be subject to the deductible so be sure to check your plan carefully.

Complication / Symptom


This is when there is a lack of fluid in the body that may be related to vomiting, diarrhea, and/or not drinking enough water.