Stigende incidens af morbus Crohn i Københavns Amt

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The incidence of Crohn's disease was assessed in a population based study in Copenhagen County from 1962-1987. The incidence increased six fold during the study period from 0.62/10(5) in 1962 to a mean of 4.1/10(5) from 1979-1987, equally in both sexes. The highest incidence was found in the age group 15-24 years: 12.8/10(5) for women and 6.0/10(5) for men (as mean of the period 1979-1987). The prevalence at the end of the study was 54/10(5). The clinical symptoms and extent of disease at diagnosis did not change over the time, but a significantly higher disease activity was found in the 1980's, 74% (1962-1979) vs 84% (1980-1987), p = 0.04. The increase in incidence of Crohn's disease is well established in most parts of the industrialized world. The analysis shows that it is not due to a new disease entity, since the extent of disease, the age and sex distribution, and the symptoms remained unchanged during the 26 year study period.

Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Issue number40
Pages (from-to)3199-202
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 1993

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