Question: Subclinical inflammation

I recently watched a video online on what causes flares for people with IBD. In the video it also talked about subclinical inflammation, which is inflammation without any symptoms present. Are there any biomarkers to show that there is inflammation in the body of no symptoms are present? Is it reliant on CRP or fecal tests?

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Andrea M.

IBD Advocate

Answer

CRP and fecal calprotectin are two biomarkers that could be elevated and represent inflammation. Here is a great article by Dr. Peter Higgins about the ways we monitor inflammation in the intestines:
https://www.trustedtherapies.com/articles/131-how-doctors-are-monitoring-inflammation-from-ibd

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Dr. Brian Bressler

Gastroenterologist

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