The differential diagnosis of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Lung
  • Pulmonary Diffusing Capacity
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
  • Pulmonary Emphysema
  • Smoking


  • Most cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be correctly labelled as Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) with careful initial gross and microscopic examination of biopsy and resection specimens together with close clinical and radiological correlation. Until we understand more of the aetiology and immunology of IBD we should admit that there are limitations imposed by current diagnostic criteria, consider the use of reporting proforma to improve diagnostic accuracy, and accept that in a small number of patients clinicopathological features will overlap, and CD may masquerade as UC.

publication date

  • March 1998



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0950-3528(98)90084-7

PubMed ID

  • 9704154

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 19

end page

  • 33


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