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Dr. Adam Ehrlich Discusses IBD

Dr. Adam Ehrlich, co-medical director of the IBD program at Temple University in Philadelphia, told Reuters Health by email, “In the United States, it is important for providers to consider IBD in patients who may present with symptoms consistent with the disease but originate from parts of the world that are not typically associated with these diseases.”

“IBD is not the first GI disease to be tied to Western culture,” he added. “Diverticulosis, for example, is very common in the U.S. but rare in East Asia. When patients immigrate to the U.S., their risk of diverticulosis increases. While each ethnicity presumably has some genetic risk for IBD, this suggests an environmental risk factor.”

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Date Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2017