Endoscopy in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Position Paper on Behalf of the Porto IBD Group of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Oliva S1, Thomson M2, de Ridder L3, Martín-de-Carpi J4, Van Biervliet S5, Braegger C6, Dias JA7, Kolacek S8, Miele E9, Buderus S10, Bronsky J11, Winter H12, Navas-López VM13, Assa A14, Chong SKF15, Afzal NA16, Smets F17, Shaoul R18, Hussey S19, Turner D20, Cucchiara S1. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 Sep;67(3):414-430. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000002092.

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1 Pediatric Gastroenterology and Liver Unit, Sapienza-University of Rome, Italy.

2 Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

3 Pediatric Gastroenterology, Erasmus Medical Center/Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

4 Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain.

5 Department of Pediatrics, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.

6 Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University Children's Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland.

7 Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Hospital Sao João, Porto, Portugal.

8 Children's Hospital Zagreb, Faculty of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia.

9 Department of Translational Medical Science, Section of Pediatrics, "Federico II," University of Naples, Italy.

10 St-Marien-Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Bonn, Germany.

11 Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic.

12 Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

13 Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit, Hospital Materno Infantil, Málaga, Spain.

14 Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, Schneider Children's Medical Center, affiliated to the Sackler faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

15 Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Carshalton, Surrey.

16 Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, University Hospital Southampton, Southampton, UK.

17 Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit, IREC, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.

18 Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.

19 National Children's Research Centre and Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

20 Institute of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.


Endoscopy is a central tool for the evaluation and management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In the last few decades, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy has undergone significant technological developments including availability of pediatric-size equipment, enabling comprehensive investigation of the GI tract in children. Simultaneously, professional organization of GI experts have developed guidelines and training programs in pediatric GI endoscopy. This prompted the Porto Group on Pediatric IBD of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition to develop updated guidelines on the role of GI endoscopy in pediatric IBD, specifically taking into considerations of recent advances in the diagnosis, disease stratification, and novel therapeutic targets in these patients.

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