Inflammatory bowel disease in the geriatric population

Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2011 Jun 1;3:945-54. doi: 10.2741/e300.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic disease that affects not only the young adults, but also the elderly. The elderly are more vulnerable and at higher risk from complications related to IBD. In this review we focus on IBD important features in the elderly and discuss the disease (1) epidemiology, (2) pathophysiology, (3) clinical manifestations and diagnosis, (4) prognosis, (6) therapy and (7) potential future research directions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / diagnosis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / drug therapy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / physiopathology
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life