Expert commentary: Upper GI endoscopy in IBD

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Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic inflammatory disorders of gastrointestinal tract defined by clinical, endoscopic, histological and radiological features. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGIE) plays an important role in the diagnostic assessment of IBD; in approximately 5% to 30% differentiation between Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) is not possible and a diagnosis of indeterminate colitis (IC) is made. In CD patients upper endoscopic lesions are represented by erythema, ulcerations, strictures and mucosal bridges in oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. UGIE should be part of the first-line investigation in all new cases suspected of IBD; the absence of specific upper gastrointestinal symptoms does not preclude a presence of upper gastrointestinal inflammation. The presence of upper gastrointestinal symptoms is commonly considered an indication for endoscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGastrointestinal Endoscopy in Children
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781634630795, 9781634630740
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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