A 19-year-old male asked:
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if bowels look good during colonoscopy can biopsies show a different result, such as ibd?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Not likely: usual would be to look bad and biopsy bad!
Answered on Apr 3, 2015
Dr. Thomas Taxman
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Yes: In children, a normal appearing bowel on colonoscopy is encouraging, however, microscopic inflammation may exist. Make sure to follow up with your physician to review the results of the biopsies if you had symptoms that led to your procedure in the first place. If the procedure was for colon cancer screening, then biopsies are not important if no polyps were seen.
Answered on Jul 21, 2018
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