Article Abstract

Inflammatory bowel disease in children

Authors: Andrew S. Day

Abstract

The disorders known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can present at any age; up to one quarter of diagnoses are made in children and adolescents (1,2). Recent reports indicate increasing rates of IBD in young people, although the reasons for this are not well understood (3,4). Paediatric onset IBD is typically more extensive and aggressive than adult-onset IBD (5).