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November 10, 2013

Crohn’s Disease Activity Index (CDAI) & Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

By brentwestra

Note: This post was originally published on Mayo Clinic's Advancing the Science blog on April 30, 2013

Edward Loftus Jr., M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD, discusses the implications of recent article published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics that found a group of patients with IBS to have higher CDAI scores than patients with Crohn’s disease.

Specifically, Dr. Loftus mentions:

  •  Because signs of Crohn’s disease are neither sensitive nor specific, clinicians can’t rely on symptoms alone to make treatment decisions.
  • It is important to support the CDAI score with endoscopic measures, CRP levels, or measure of inflammation in the stool.

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Tags: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, CDAI, Edward Loftus, IBS, Study Findings

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