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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 296470, 6 pages
Review Article

Review of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in China

1Gastroenterology Department, Hangzhou Xiasha Hospital, Zhejiang 310016, China
2Gastroenterology Department, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Zhejiang University Medical College, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310016, China
3Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
4University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Charlotte Campus, USA

Received 27 August 2013; Accepted 26 September 2013

Academic Editors: A. Beltsis, E. Z. Dajani, J. Fujisaki, and H. C. Lien

Copyright © 2013 Lingna Ye 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.


Inflammatory bowel disease mainly consisting of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease has been rising gradually during the last two decades in China. In this review article, we provide the latest epidemiological trends in incidence, prevalence, and mortality of IBD patients in China and summarize the risk factors and genetic susceptibility of Chinese IBD patients. We also compare these characteristics to those of IBD patients in Western countries.