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Dilate or wait for effective anti-inflammatory treatment for stenotic lesions associated with active inflammatory signs in Crohn's disease - The authors' response
  1. Clara Thienpont,
  2. Séverine Vermeire,
  3. Paul Rutgeerts,
  4. Gert Van Assche
  1. Correspondence to Clara Thienpont, Belgium; clara.thienpont{at}uzleuven.be

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We appreciate the letter sent by Drs Ustundag and Tezel1 as a reaction to our paper on the safety and efficacy of endoscopic balloon dilatation in patients with Crohn's disease.2 We would like to reply to some of the considerations raised by these authors.

First, we confirm that as far as anastomotic ileocolonic strictures is concerned endoscopic lesions suggestive of active disease do not predict worse efficacy or an increased complication rate. As outlined …

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