What the Rheumatologist Needs to Know about IBD Treatment

Authors

  • Christopher Ma, MD, MPH, FRCPC Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Abstract

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), affect almost 1% of the Canadian population and are characterized by debilitating gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms including chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain. Beyond involvement of the GI tract, up to half of patients with IBD will also experience extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs) or be diagnosed with comorbid immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs), which are associated with substantial morbidity and impaired quality of life. The most common of these are inflammatory joint diseases, including peripheral and axial spondyloarthritis or concomitant rheumatoid (RA) or psoriatic arthritis (PsA), affecting up to 1 in 5 patients with IBD.

Author Biography

Christopher Ma, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Christopher Ma, MD MPH FRCPC is an academic gastroenterologist at the University of Calgary. He has advanced training in inflammatory bowel disease, clinical trial design, and analytic research methods. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts and received over $6.5 million in research grant funding. His clinical and research focus is on patients with advanced Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and eosinophilic esophagitis who require advanced medical therapies.

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2024-04-23

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Ma C. What the Rheumatologist Needs to Know about IBD Treatment. Can Rheumatol Today [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 23 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];1(1):27–33. Available from: https://canadianrheumatologytoday.com/article/view/1-1-Ma

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