Thesis / Dissertation

Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy: patient education, assessment of disease activity and monitoring of drug therapies

Emma Kate Flanagan, Sally Bell (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic relapsing inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The disease commonly impacts women during their reproductive years. IBD, particularly when active during pregnancy, is associated with worse maternofoetal outcomes. Pregnancy-related knowledge remains poor in many patients, with concerns regarding drug safety and a lack of understanding of the negative ramifications of active disease in pregnancy. Safe and effective monitoring of disease activity and drug therapies to control IBD throughout pregnancy are imperative. However, the utility and means of objective disease activity monitoring in pregnancy are unknown. The effect of pre..

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