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Research hones in on therapies and diagnosis of bowel diseases

New Orleans, LA Inflammatory bowel diseases collectively cause significant lifestyle sacrifices and suffering and millions of dollars in related health care costs every year, partially due to a lack of effective diagnostic procedures and therapies. In new studies presented today at Digestive Disease Week in New Orleans, researchers show evidence of accurate and effective new methods for diagnosis, as well as improved treatment options, for sufferers of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's diseases. Digestive Disease Week (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

"We are pleased to see more attention directed toward improving the lives of people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases," said Jim Lewis, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania. "For too long, the rate of discovery was slow. Now we are seeing more answers for the millions of sufferers."

Capsule Endoscopy in IBD: Findings and Effects on Clinical Outcomes (Abstract 105669*)
The M2A video capsule or "camera pill" allows gastroenterologists their best view yet of the small bowel, assisting in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. Until now, studies have not analyzed the influence of capsule endoscopy on clinical decision-making and therapeutic outcomes in IBD. According to research presented by scientists from Mount Sinai Medical Center, use of the video capsule improves clinical outcomes significantly.

For the study, the team of researchers reviewed the results of capsule endoscopy in patients with IBD-related indications. A total of 65 patients met the inclusion criteria and fit in four categories: A) abnormal small bowel series, rule out Crohn's Disease (CD); B) abdominal pain, normal radiologic studies, rule out CD; C) known ulcerative or Crohn's colitis; normal small bowel series and persistent symptoms, rule out small bo
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