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Vol. 27, No. 3, 2009
Issue release date: September 2009
Section title: Differences in the Diagnostic Procedures
Dig Dis 2009;27:259–268
(DOI:10.1159/000228559)

What Is the Role of Serological Markers in IBD? Pediatric and Adult Data

Dubinsky M.
Pediatric IBD Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif., USA

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Abstract of Differences in the Diagnostic Procedures

Published online: September 24, 2009
Issue release date: September 2009

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0257-2753 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9875 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DDI

Abstract

Physicians rely heavily on the presence of disease markers to support or even at times modify their clinical impression for certain diseases that can only be diagnosed clinically. Typically these markers play an important role in helping to establish a diagnosis and to evaluate the activity of a chronic disease over time. The diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), however, is not based solely on clinical grounds. Invasive endoscopic and radiological as well as histopathological criteria need to be met in order to make a correct diagnosis and differentiate disease subtypes. The search for novel diagnostic approaches that accurately distinguishes a group of patients with IBD from those unaffected by the disease has become a focus in IBD research. This search, however, has taken a very exciting turn in the direction of finding biologic and genetic markers that can assess the natural history and predict the course of individual’s disease including response to treatments over time.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Differences in the Diagnostic Procedures

Published online: September 24, 2009
Issue release date: September 2009

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0257-2753 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9875 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DDI


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