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Popular Exclusionary Diets for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Search for a Dietary Culprit

Hwang, Caroline MD*; Ross, Viveca RD; Mahadevan, Uma MD

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/01.MIB.0000438427.48726.b0
Clinical Review Articles

Abstract: The evolving understanding of the role of the microbiome and environmental factors in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease makes diet an interesting and potentially powerful tool in the treatment of disease. However, at this time, evidence is limited but anecdotal reports of success abound. There is a bewildering array of new diets being tried by patients in an attempt to control diseases. This review attempts to summarize the most common diets for the treating physician.

In Brief

Article first Published online 20 February 2014

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*Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, Department of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA;

UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn's Disease, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Reprints: Caroline Hwang, MD, Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, USC/Keck School of Medicine, 1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (e-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Received October 22, 2013

Accepted November 09, 2013

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

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