A Surefire Test for Pediatric IBD?
Fecal calprotectin testing can be a reliable tool for identifying cases of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the primary care setting, new research suggests.

A retrospective study from Kaiser Permanente and Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland, found that the test has a 100% sensitivity for detecting IBD, with mean levels roughly 16 times higher in children with the condition than in those with other gastrointestinal problems (P<0.0001; Table).

Fecal calprotectin testing “is an excellent tool in the primary care setting to exclude IBD and avoid unnecessary referrals and endoscopies,” according to the investigators, who presented their findings at the 2016 Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society meeting (abstract 261)....