What are the racial predilections for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the US?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The incidence and prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) among Americans of African descent is estimated to be the same as the prevalence among Americans of European descent, with the highest rates in the Jewish populations of middle European extraction. [35] There is a higher prevalence along a north-south axis in the United States [36] and in Europe, [37] although trends show that the gap is narrowing.


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