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Performance of blood tests in diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease in a specialist clinic
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    Blood tests in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease
    • Anthony K Akobeng, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
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      • Abeed Chowdhury and Anthony K. Akobeng

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the study by Cabrera-Abreu et al. which examined the reliability of blood tests in the screening of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).[1] They showed that blood tests should not be relied on completely as both false positive and false negative results may occur.

    In a recent study, we investigated the diagnostic value of blood tests in predicting IBD in children with...

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