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J Dig Dis. 2007 Nov;8(4):171-8.

Inflammatory bowel disease: progress and current concepts of etiopathogenesis.

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Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA.


Over the past few years, none of the numerous conditions that are grouped under the broad designation of 'chronic inflammatory or autoimmune disorders' has undergone as much scientific and clinical progress as the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Progress has occurred in all major areas relevant to IBD pathogenesis, which include the external environment, genetics, microbial factors, and the immune system. This review presents an update on the specific major advances that have occurred in each of these four areas, briefly discusses the therapeutic implications of the observed progress, and points out the additional work that needs to be accomplished in the next few years to reach a full understanding of IBD etiopathogenesis.

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