11 November 2016
Possible alternative for endoscopy to control the condition

Monitoring Bacteria in Crohn’s Disease

The bacterial composition of faeces in patients with Crohn’s disease appears to be a predictor of disease activity. This is the message presented by researchers at Maastricht UMC+ in the scientific journal Scientific Reports. The current standard for monitoring patients with this chronic intestinal condition is to carry out regular endoscopies. However, this technique is expensive, invasive and not entirely free of complications. Measuring microbial activity in faeces could offer an efficient and patient-friendly alternative.