Guidelines for the management of inflammatory bowel disease in adults

Craig Mowat (Lead / Corresponding author), Andrew Cole, Alastair Windsor, Tariq Ahmad, Ian Arnott, Richard Driscoll, Sally Mitton, Tim Orchard, Matt Rutter, Lisa Younge, Charlie Lees, Gwo-tzer Ho, Jack Satsangi, Stuart Bloom

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    The management of inflammatory bowel disease represents a key component of clinical practice for members of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG). There has been considerable progress in management strategies affecting all aspects of clinical care since the publication of previous BSG guidelines in 2004, necessitating the present revision.

    Key components of the present document worthy of attention as having been subject to re-assessment, and revision, and having direct impact on practice include:

    The data generated by the nationwide audits of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) management in the UK in 2006, and 2008.

    The publication of ‘Quality Care: service standards for the healthcare of people with IBD’ in 2009.

    The introduction of the Montreal classification for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

    The revision of recommendations for the use of immunosuppressive therapy.

    The detailed analysis, guidelines and recommendations for the safe and appropriate use of biological therapies in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

    The reassessment of the role of surgery in disease management, with emphasis on the importance of multi-disciplinary decision-making in complex cases.

    The availablity of new data on the role of reconstructive surgery in ulcerative colitis.

    The cross-referencing to revised guidelines for colonoscopic surveillance, for the management of metabolic bone disease, and for the care of children with inflammatory bowel disease.

    Use of the BSG discussion forum available on the BSG website to enable ongoing feedback on the published document (accessed Oct 2010).

    The present document is intended primarily for theuse of clinicians in the United Kingdom, and serves toreplace the previous BSG guidelines in IBD, whilecomplementing recent consensus statements publishedby the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) (accessed Oct2010).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)571-607
    Number of pages37
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011


    • inflammatory bowel disease
    • Guidelines


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