Why are so many conditions included in the differential diagnoses of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Due to the nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms of Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis, several other diagnoses (see Differentials) must be considered before establishing a diagnosis of Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis, particularly in the absence of typical endoscopic findings and in populations at higher risk for other diagnoses.


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