What are common comorbidities in older patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Diseases of the lung (primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) in Crohn disease are common comorbidities, primarily because of smoking; however, cardiovascular disease, although common in the older patient, does not have any direct link with IBD. IBD may also be a factor in the treatment of prostate cancer (to avoid rectal injury), but is generally not a factor in breast cancer.


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