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Endoscopy for IBD

Endoscopy is any number of minimally invasive procedures that allow doctors to look inside the digestive tract. Endoscopic procedures help doctors diagnose Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. If you have been already diagnosed with IBD, then your ongoing treatment likely includes routine endoscopy to check for signs of IBD in your digestive tract.

The main endoscopic procedures used for IBD include:

  • Colonoscopy / Flexible Sigmoidoscopy used to look inside the rectum and colon to diagnose both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Capsule Endoscopy / Deep Enteroscopy used to see inside the small intestine for patients with Crohn’s disease. Enteroscopy allows doctors to take small samples from the lining of the intestine for biopsy to help with diagnosing Crohn’s disease.
  • Upper Endoscopy (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) used to check for signs of Crohn’s disease in the esophagus, stomach or first part of the small intestine (duodenum). An upper endoscopy may be used to help distinguish between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Patients with ulcerative colitis will not have IBD outside of the colon and rectum.

Endoscopy Services for IBD

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  • Upper Endoscopy / Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

    An upper endoscopy helps doctors look at the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine and can help diagnose a range of conditions.

  • Capsule Endoscopy and Deep Enteroscopy

    A capsule endoscopy allows doctors to see into the small intestine, which can be important in diagnosis gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps and cancer. Learn more.

  • Colonoscopy / Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

    A colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy is a way for doctors to see inside the colon and rectum to identify issues and perform biopsies. Contact our colon and rectal surgeons today.

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