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November 10th, 2013

IBD & Increased Risk for Pneumonia

By Brent Westra

Note: This post was originally published on Mayo Clinic's Advancing the Science blog on April 24, 2013

Edward Loftus Jr., M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD, discusses a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology that found patients with inflammatory bowel disease were at an increased risk for pneumonia.

Dr. Loftus also discusses the patient implications of the study findings.  Namely, patients with IBD should be sure to get an annual flu vaccine (not the mist, but the shot) and should also seriously consider getting the pneumonia vaccine, especially if they’re on immunosuppressive medication.

For more information on IBD, visit: mayoclinic.org/ibd

Tags: American Journal of Gastroenterology, Edward Loftus, pneumonia, Study Findings

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