Leukergy in inflammatory bowel disease

Gideon Goldman*, Perry J. Kahn, Moseh Aharonson, Noam Kariv, Jona Stadler, Theodor Wiznitzer

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In the phenomenon of leukergy, white blood cells agglomerate in peripheral blood slides. This agglomeration has been described in inflammatory infections of various causes. This study assesses this phenomenon in inflammatory bowel disease. A correlation was found between the severity of inflammatory bowel disease activity and the percentage of leukergy. Leukergy was found to parallel the clinical and endoscopic findings of inflammatory bowel disease. Furthermore, leukergy was found to be more accurate than white blood count and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. It is also found to accurately assess the course of the disease when clinical and other laboratory tests were masked by steroid and antibiotic administrations Leukergy is a quick, inexpensive test that can easily be performed at the patient's bedside.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)854-856
Number of pages3
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1988


  • Crohn's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Leukergy
  • Ulcerative colitis


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