Posted 1/8/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)
[quote] Of the 9,032 patients, 3,241 had a diagnosis of Crohn's disease, 5,238 had a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, and 553 were diagnosed with both. The death risk was increased in patients with Crohn's compared with health plan members without IBD. By contrast, the risk was not increased in those with ulcerative colitis.
"The specific causes of death related to Crohn's disease...were infections, respiratory diseases, digestive disease and liver disease," Herrinton said. "These causes represented 29 percent of all deaths."
"With ulcerative colitis, although the overall risk of death was not increased, we nonetheless found a nearly fourfold increased risk of death from digestive disease, with digestive disease representing about 12 percent of all deaths."