The role of fecal calprotectin in pediatric disease

  • Jeong, Su Jin (Department of Pediatrics, Bundang CHA Medical Center, CHA University School of Medicine)
  • Received : 2019.01.14
  • Accepted : 2019.03.28
  • Published : 2019.08.15


Fecal calprotectin (FC) is a calcium- and zinc-binding protein of the S100 family, mainly expressed by neutrophils and released during inflammation. FC became an increasingly useful tool both for gastroenterologists and for general practitioners for distinguishing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from irritable bowel syndrome. Increasing evidences support the use of this biomarker for diagnosis, follow-up and evaluation of response to therapy of several pediatric gastrointestinal diseases, ranging from IBD to nonspecific colitis and necrotizing enterocolitis. This article summarizes the current literature on the use of FC in clinical practice.


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