Points and Pearls Digest | Inflammatory Bowel Disease

<< Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Flares in the Emergency Department (Pharmacology CME)

Points and Pearls Digest


  • IBD is likely underdiagnosed and should be included in the differential for any patient with recurrent abdominal pain.
  • IBD can and does occur in young patients: approximately 25% of IBD patients are diagnosed by the age of 20.
  • Up to 30% of IBD patients experience extraintestinal manifestations of IBD. These may include nephrolithiasis, gall bladder disease, osteoporosis/osteopenia, atherosclerosis, hepatobiliary disease, and thromboembolic risk.
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