New blood test can predict aggressive IBD

UK researchers say it may open the door to personalised medicine for the disease

Researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease that is designed to predict whether patients will develop mild or severe disease.

Vials of blood

They hope it will enable patients at risk of aggressive disease to have earlier treatment and prevent overtreatment in those expected to have less severe disease.

Currently, although disease courses vary markedly between patients, treatment uses a “one-size fits all approach” that cannot provide safe, effective and cost-efficient therapy for every patient, the authors say.