Endoscopic assessment of disease activity and mucosal healing in inflammatory bowel disease

Haruhiko Ogata, Toshifumi Hibi

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Endoscopic assessment of mucosal lesions has emerged as an important concept of disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and recently mucosal healing has been regarded as a therapeutic goal not only in ulcerative colitis (UC) but also in Crohn's disease (CD). Several evidences have now accumulated to show that mucosal healing determined by endoscopy can alter the course of IBD, as it is associated with sustained clinical remission, and reduced rates of hospitalization and surgical resection. Generally, clinical activity indices established in IBD are mainly determined based on subjective/objective signs and the results of laboratory tests. However, those indices sometimes lead to discrepancy compared with endoscopic indices. Although endoscopy has been rarely investigated as a predictor of the clinical course of IBD, there is now growing evidence that morphological examination, including endoscopy, may help to identify among IBD patients those who should be treated with more intensive treatments. Furthermore, as demonstrated in a recent study assessing early intervention with combination of biologics and immunomodulators, endoscopy may help to select patients who will get the best results upon early intervention. This chapter focuses on the assessment of endoscopic severity in UC and CD and on the impact of endoscopic severity on disease outcome. More specifically, we discuss how endoscopy can be used at different stages of IBD to predict the disease course and/or to adapt therapeutic strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Epidemiology and Immunobiology to a Rational Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781461409984
ISBN (Print)9781461409977
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1


  • Activity indices
  • Crohn's disease
  • Endoscopy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Medical therapy
  • Mucosal healing
  • Surgery
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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