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Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2007 Dec;1(2):265-74. doi: 10.1586/17474124.1.2.265.

Serologic markers in inflammatory bowel disease: tools for better diagnosis and disease stratification.

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IBD Center, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Department of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, 6 Weizmann Street, Tel Aviv 64239, Israel.


In the last decade, new serologic markers have been identified, and attempts to delineate their potential roles in inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis, determination of prognosis and identification of apparently healthy subjects at risk have significantly increased our knowledge. In this review, the major serologic markers will be described, focusing on their common features as a group. It is predicted that within the next 5 years, panels of antibodies will prove to have a significant impact on disease diagnosis and stratification, as well as on the identification of populations at risk and the prediction of response to treatment. Thus, it is expected that they will become useful clinical tools that will enable an improved, 'tailored' approach to inflammatory bowel disease patients.

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