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You may think the symptoms of Crohn’s disease were fairly obvious.

However, a gastroenterologist has now revealed there is a little known sign that many people may be unaware of.

Swollen lips could highlight the agonising bowel condition, says Dr Rishi Goel, a consultant at Kingston Hospital, London.

The chronic condition behind swollen lips, known as orofacial granulomatosis (OFG), is an inflammatory disorder that often presents on its own.

NHS Choices, the website designed to give the British public information, doesn’t list the condition as a sign of Crohn’s disease.

A gastroenterologist has warned that swollen lips could be a symptom of the agonising bowel condition Crohn’s (stock image)

Dr Goel, a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, told MailOnline: ‘OFG is a chronic inflammatory condition which can flare up intermittently.

‘Interestingly, it can overlap with Crohn’s disease, which is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gut and carries a 75 per cent lifetime risk for surgery.’

More common signs of Crohn’s are:

  • Recurring diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain and cramping, which is usually worse after eating
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Blood and mucus in your faeces 
  • A high temperature of 38ºC (100ºF)
  • Feeling sick
  • Being sick
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Inflammation and irritation of the eyes
  • Areas of painful, red and swollen skin – most often the legs
  • Mouth ulcers