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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 10, Issue 6, Pages 405-412

Colonoscopic Findings in Crohn’s Disease - Reproducible, But of Questionable Benefit

H Holloway and JF Fielding

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Received 9 February 1995; Revised 29 September 1995

Copyright © 1996 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.


Colonoscopy, a useful diagnostic tool in inflammatory bowel disease, is very accurate in detecting disease and assessing disease extent in Crohn’s disease. Despite their accuracy, colonoscopic findings have not been routinely used in the objective follow-up of patients with Crohn’s disease. The GETAID (Groupe d’études theraputic des affections inflammatoire du tube digestif) group has shown that following an intensive training period, endoscopists can describe colonoscopic findings in a reproducible manner. However, these descriptions poorly correlate both with clinical or laboratory indexes, and with short or medium term prognosis following prednisolone therapy.