The new epidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases: Changing trends and causes

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Abstract

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are traditionally considered common in the western world, with a sharp increase in the incidence throughout the 20th century. In contrast, until recently low prevalence and incidence rates were reported from other parts of the world including East Europe, South America, Asia and the Pacific region. Recent trends however, indicate a change in the epidemiology of IBD with previously low incidence areas now reporting a progressive rise in the incidence, while the incidence in West European and North American countries have stabilized or slightly increased, with even decreasing incidence rates for ulcerative colitis. Some of these changes may represent differences in diagnostic practices and increasing awareness of the disease, but the most important underlying factors are almost certainly changes in the environment. The quality of the studies is also variable. Additional epidemiologic studies to define better the new trends in incidences, explore environmental factors, and identify new risk factors are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIrritable Bowel Syndrome
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages17-33
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781606929308
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Epidemiology
Incidence
Western World
South America
Ulcerative Colitis
Epidemiologic Studies

Keywords

  • Crohn's disease
  • Epidemiology
  • IBD
  • Incidence
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Lakatos, P. L., & Lakatos, L. (2009). The new epidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases: Changing trends and causes. In Irritable Bowel Syndrome (pp. 17-33). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

The new epidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases : Changing trends and causes. / Lakatos, Peter Laszlo; Lakatos, Laszlo.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009. p. 17-33.

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Lakatos, PL & Lakatos, L 2009, The new epidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases: Changing trends and causes. in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 17-33.
Lakatos PL, Lakatos L. The new epidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases: Changing trends and causes. In Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2009. p. 17-33
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