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Is the incidence of paediatric inflammatory bowel disease still increasing?
  1. James John Ashton1,2,
  2. Mick Cullen1,
  3. Nadeem A Afzal1,
  4. Tracy Coelho1,
  5. Akshay Batra1,
  6. R Mark Beattie1
  1. 1 Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton, UK
  2. 2 Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr R Mark Beattie, Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK ; mark.beattie{at}uhs.nhs.uk

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There has been an increase in the incidence of paediatric inflammatory bowel disease (PIBD) over the last 20 years.1 2 We have previously published data from Wessex, England, reporting an incidence of 9.37/100 000/year (2008–2012), which significantly increased from 5.2/100 000/year in 1998–1999, 6.39/100 000/year in 2002–2006, and 7.82/100 000/year in 2003–2008.1 2 We now report the most recent disease incidence figures for Wessex, England (1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017) and analyse them with previously published Wessex data (1 January 2002 to 21 December 2012) demonstrating the most contemporary incidence and the trend over 16 years. The ‘Wessex’ population was estimated from the Office for National Statistics using defined postcodes, based on the contemporary referral area.1 3 Statistical analyses of the data were conducted …

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