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Methods to Avoid Infections in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Aberra, Faten N MD, MSCE1,2,*; Lichtenstein, Gary R MD1

doi: 10.1097/01.MIB.0000160742.91602.b7
Clinical Review

Infections have been reported in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially in association with anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory medications used to treat IBD. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of information on infectious complication risk in patients with IBD. This review describes infectious complications reported in patients with IBD and provides a framework for future studies to assess potential risk factors and incidence for infection. Recommendations are also provided for prevention of infection.

1Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*Reprints: Division of Gastroenterology, Third Floor Ravdin Building, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (e-mail:

Received for publication 14 February 2005; accepted 14 February 2005

© Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.
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