Comorbidity in inflammatory bowel disease

World J Gastroenterol. 2011 Jun 14;17(22):2723-33. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i22.2723.


Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be affected by other unrelated diseases. These are called comorbid conditions, and can include any secondary health problem that affects a person suffering from a primary or main disease, and which is neither linked physiopathologically to the primary condition, nor is it due to the treatments used for the primary condition or to its long-term anatomical or physiological consequences. Different comorbid conditions, as well as their influence on IBD, are discussed.

Keywords: Comorbid conditions; Comorbidity; Crohn’s disease; Inflammatory bowel disease; Ulcerative colitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Liver Diseases / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors