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World J Gastroenterol. Aug 7, 2014; 20(29): 9699-9715
Published online Aug 7, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i29.9699
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Figure 1 Colonoscopy images. A: Colonoscopy showing normal mucosa with visible vascular patterns in a healthy, non-inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) individual; B: During strong inflammation in a patient with IBD, visible vascular patterns are lost; C: Inflammation can lead to ulcerated mucosa and contact bleeding. Both mucosal inflammation and ulcers lead to inadequate absorption of water and nutrients from the gut. The affected patients may lose weight and become anaemic due to bloody diarrhoea, which if untreated can be very debilitating.