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"Kids With IBD Face Higher Death Risk As Adults" - Diana Swift

  • MedPage Today
  • New York, NY
  • (October 19, 2018)

Investigators report that children diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) had triple the risk of death as adults compared with members of the general population. Ryan Ungaro, MD, assistant professor of gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who was not involved with the research, said the study is important and shows the major impact IBD has on patients' lives. "While the absolute risk of death is low, it is alarming that the relative risk is quite elevated," said Dr. Ungaro. "This study highlights the need for further investigation into treatments and strategies, such as earlier diagnosis and intervention, that may decrease the risk of death in order to optimize care for IBD patients."

- Ryan C. Ungaro, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Gastroenterology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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