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Inflammatory Bowel Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/01.MIB.0000160742.91602.b7
Clinical Review

Methods to Avoid Infections in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

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Abstract

Abstract: 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.

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