How is suspected inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) evaluated in children?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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In a child with suspected inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colonoscopy is the test of choice and should never be omitted if the patient’s condition is stable enough to allow the test to be performed. If Crohn disease (CD) is being considered, upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and small bowel imaging with upper GI small-bowel follow-through or MR enterography must also be done.


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