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Intestinal Mucosa

Mucosa, also known as the mucus membrane, is the tissue that lines the inside of the lungs, nose, mouth, urinary and digestive tracts. The intestinal mucosa is the inside layer of the intestines that is responsible for digesting and absorbing food. Healing of the intestinal mucosa is attracting much more attention as an important variable for maintaining longer term remission.

Observing Intestinal Mucosa

To observe the intestinal mucosa requires use of an endoscopic procedure such as a colonoscopy. Due to expense, discomfort, and time involved, other means of evaluating the mucosa are being explored. For example, fecal calprotectin and fecal lactoferrin are showing promising correlation.

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