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P1382 The Prevalence of Opportunistic Infections in Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Varies by Gender
Author Insight from Mohammed Z. Sheriff, MD, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
It has been proposed that opportunistic infections are more common in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), however there has been a lack of large population-based studies on the risk of opportunistic infections in IBD. This study is the largest of its kind to identify the risk of opportunistic infections in IBD. It emphasizes to clinicians that while these diseases are rare, they are an important consideration for patients with IBD.
What do patients need to know?
A diagnosis of IBD puts patients at increased risk of infection and may even suggest a need for screening or vaccinations.
Mohammed Z. Sheriff, MD, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
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