Predicting relapse in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: what is the role of biomarkers?

Pardi, D. S.; Sandborn, W. J.
March 2005
Gut;Mar2005, Vol. 54 Issue 3, p321
Academic Journal
The article reports that predicting relapse in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Various laboratory biomarkers have been studied in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as diagnostic aids, indicators of disease activity or severity, and to predict the risk of relapse in those patients in remission. These biomarkers have enormous potential implications for patient management. For example, therapeutic decisions could be directed more appropriately if a marker could reliably distinguish active IBD from other inflammatory or non- inflammatory causes of symptoms, or if one could distinguish Crohn's disease from ulcerative colitis.


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