Although the role of endoscopy in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is well established, some controversies remain regarding important endoscopic issues. The authors discuss the most recent literature data about endoscopy in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease with special attention towards the findings which are relevant from a clinical point of view. The issues of bowel preparation, indications and timing, diagnostic value of endoscopy in IBD are discussed and a personal point of view is exposed. Moreover the role of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) and autofluorescence (LIFE and LIFS) and recent advances in therapeutic endoscopy are analyzed in order to evaluate the future prospective of endoscopy in the management of IBD.
|Translated title of the contribution||Endoscopy in the inflammatory bowel disease|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Endoscopia Digestiva|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
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