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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2014, Article ID 703890, 7 pages
Review Article

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Australasian Children and Adolescents

1Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago (Christchurch), Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
2Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Sydney, NSW 2031, Australia
3Department of Medicine, University of Otago (Christchurch), Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Received 6 January 2014; Accepted 22 February 2014; Published 30 March 2014

Academic Editor: Marco Gasparetto

Copyright © 2014 A. S. Day et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Many reports indicate increasing rates of inflammatory bowel disease, with data also showing changing patterns of this chronic disease in children and adolescents. This review focuses upon the available data of the epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease in children and adolescents in Australia and New Zealand (collectively termed Australasia). Recent data show high incidence of IBD (especially Crohn disease) in this area and indicate rising rates of IBD in children and adolescents.