Inflammatory Bowel Disease Up in China

HONG KONG, March 31 (UPI) — A study of 79 children in China found an increasing diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease in the recent decade compared with the 1980s and 1990s.

Study leader Dr. Tam YH of the Chinese University of Hong Kong reviewed a group of children who had their first colonoscopy within a six-year period.

The most common reasons for the procedure were blood in the stools and for the possibility of inflammatory bowel disease.

The study, published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, found 23 children had colonic polyps and 13 had inflammatory bowel disease.

There were no complications by any of the study subjects, the study said.

It has recently been reported that there is increasing occurrence of childhood inflammatory bowel disease in Western countries.

Recently studies show an increase in childhood inflammatory bowel disease in Western countries, the researchers said.

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