2. Diagnosis

To understand the methods of diagnosis including major differentials and to provide advice in cases where the diagnosis is unclear

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2.1.  Knows the major differential diagnoses of IBD, including infection – (viral, bacterial, and amoebic), vasculitis, ischaemia, Behcet’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) etc.

2.2.  Knows the appropriate investigations to distinguish the above, and their limitations

2.3.  Knows the differential when a patient with known IBD presents with symptoms including – active IBD, bacterial overgrowth, bile salt malabsorption, obstruction, enteric infection, sepsis, non-inflammatory symptoms (IBS) etc.

Differential diagnosis

T Kucharzik

IBD Blue Book


Topic 2.1; 2.3Introduction