Mimics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Shivashankar R1, Lichtenstein GR2. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 Jun 27. doi: 10.1093/ibd/izy168. [Epub ahead of print]

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1 Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

2 Division of Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may present with nonspecific symptoms and diagnostic findings. Therefore, many diseasesmay mimic the clinical symptoms, endoscopic findings, and histologic features of IBD. In this paper, we will review mimics of IBD, dividing the diseases that can imitate IBD into noninfectious and infectious causes. For each disease state, we will discuss the clinical symptoms and endoscopic and histologic features. Finally, we will discuss how to distinguish these distinct disorders from IBD.

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