Diseases that can mimic IBD

Peter Rubin

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Malfunctioning of the gastrointestinal tract can present in only a finite number of ways. Thus patients with many maladies may complain of similar abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, distension, gassiness, diarrhea, and constipation. As described elsewhere in this volume, these could be symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC), Crohn’s disease (CD), or indeterminate colitis. Yet there are a number of other diseases that can mimic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is with this differential diagnosis that this chapter deals. In broad categories these IBD-simulators can be grouped into: “non-IBD” inflammatory, infectious, vascular, iatrogenic, motility, and other idiopathic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEndoscopy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319110776
ISBN (Print)9783319110769
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Adhesions
  • Antibiotics
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clostridium difficile colitis
  • Collagenous colitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • HIV
  • Infectious colitides
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ischemic colitis
  • Lymphocytic colitis
  • Microscopic colitis
  • NSAID-associated enteritis
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Radiation
  • Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome (SRUS)
  • Tuberculosis


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