What is the role of colonoscopy in the surveillance of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Colonoscopy also plays an important role in surveillance for colorectal cancer in patients with IBD. The utility of endoscopic surveillance can be further optimized by autofluorescence plus high-resolution endoscopy, chromoendoscopy-guided confocal laser microscopy, and confocal laser microscopy in combination with narrow-band imaging and high-resolution endoscopy, as well as chromoendoscopy with methylene-blue dye and spray-targeted biopsies. [68]


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