IBD rates in Rhode Island among highest in the US: 4 things to know

The incidence of inflammatory bowel disease in Rhode Island is one of the highest ever reported in the United States, according a study published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Here are four things to know:

1. The study was led by Providence R.I.-based Hasbro Children's Hospital Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases.

2. Researchers reviewed medical records from all practicing adult and pediatric gastroenterologists in Rhode Island, as well as practices in Connecticut and Massachusetts that may care for Rhode Island residents. The study period was 2008 to 2010.

3. A total of 971 Rhode Islanders were identified as having IBD by the study team. This is an average incidence of approximately 30 cases of IBD per 100,000 persons in the three-year time frame.

4. Around 15.1 and 13.9 per 100,000 were diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, respectively.

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