Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2020 Nov 20. doi: 10.1111/ced.14521. Online ahead of print.

K J Kamp 1, S W Matthews 2, M M Heitkemper 2


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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, United States.
  • 2School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, United States.


We read with interest the article "Feacal Calprotectin in Dermatology Practice".1 The authors discuss the potential use of feacal calprotectin in assessing for inflammatory bowel disease in dermatology practice. Yet, it is important to clarify disease definitions. The article includes the phrase irritable bowel disease, which is not used within the gastrointestinal field. Rather, IBD refers to inflammatory bowel disease in which patients have an underlying mucosal inflammation. ….

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