Intraepithelial neoplasia, often abbreviated to IEN, is a malignant lesion of the mucosa. For example, in the uterus, the prostate or just in the intestine. Intraepithelial neoplasia is considered an early form of cancer.
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What does this mean in connection with Crohn's disease? If an examination of tissue samples under the microscope indicates that an IEN or an early form of colorectal cancer exists, the affected section of the intestine should be removed.
In general, Crohn's disease seems to slightly increase the risk of colorectal cancer. This is especially true when the colon is affected. However, it is important to realize that this is a relatively increased risk. Meaning, it is slightly higher than usual, but in absolute terms still very low.
Authors: Dr. med. Anne-Kristin Schulze &Dr. med. Jörg Zorn