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Normal Endoscopic Appearance of the Colon and the Terminal Ileum

  • Tom G. Moreels
  • Olivier DewitEmail author


Ileocoloscopy is the mainstay examination for the evaluation of the distal gastrointestinal tract. It allows endoscopic inspection of the mucosa of the terminal ileum and the entire colon. Moreover, endoscopic biopsy sampling provides mucosal tissue for histopathological examination. In this chapter the normal endoscopic appearance of the colon and the terminal ileum is described. Knowledge of the endoscopic mucosal aspect may help the pathologist for the histopathological interpretation of mucosal biopsies.


Ileocoloscopy Endoscopy Endoscopic aspect Colon Ileum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyCliniques Universitaires St Luc, UCLBrusselsBelgium

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