Monitoring Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pregnancy Using Gastrointestinal Ultrasonography
Emma Flanagan, Emily K Wright, Jakob Begun, Robert Bryant, Yoon-Kyo An, Alyson L Ross, Katerina Kiburg, Sally J Bell
JOURNAL OF CROHNS & COLITIS | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020
Background and Aims Inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] affects women during their childbearing years. Gastrointestinal ultrasonography [GIUS] accurately identifies disease activity in non-pregnant patients with IBD. The utility of GIUS in pregnancy has not been established. We aimed to determine the feasibility and accuracy of GIUS in the assessment of IBD during pregnancy progression. Methods A multicentre observational study of women with IBD undergoing GIUS during pregnancy. Clinicians assessed the adequacy of bowel views and disease activity in four colonic segments and the terminal ileum. Location[s] in which views were impeded by the uterus were documented. GIUS disease activity [bowel ..View full abstract
This work was supported by a research grant from the Gutsy Group Foundation, Australia.