What are the morbidities associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In addition to long-term, disease-related complications, patients can also experience morbidity from prolonged medical therapy, particularly as a consequence of steroid exposure.

There also appears to be an increased risk for IBD in patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a population-based retrospective cohort study of 136,178 individuals with asthma and 143,904 individuals with COPD, Brassard and colleagues found a significantly increased incidence of IBD. The average incidences of CD and UC in asthma patients were 23.1 and 8.8/100,000 person-years, respectively. Corresponding figures in COPD patients were 26.2 CD and 17 UC cases/100,000 person-years, respectively. [46, 47]


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