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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 4, Issue 7, Pages 336-340
IDB: Diagnosis

Pitfalls in the Histological Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease on Colorectal Biopsies

DA Malatjalian

Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Histopathological examination of appropriate colorectal biopsy specimens allows accurate identification of chronic inflammatory bowel disease in the majority of cases. Pitfalls, however, appear because overlapping histological features occur among the various forms of colitis or because a specific form of colitis may exhibit incomplete expression of its characteristic features. Pitfalls can be minimized if the histological findings are considered in the context of all other clinical and investigative data.