1*Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Motility, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS †Medicine Institute Center for Value Based Care Research, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH ‡Department of Infectious Diseases, Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH §Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
We analyzed a national U.S. database to study the presentation of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to the emergency department (ED). Our results indicate that from 2006 - 2010 there was a significant increase in the number of ED visits related to children with IBD accompanied by a contemporaneous decline in the rate of hospitalization that followed these ED visits. Earlier published results have highlighted an increased overall rate of hospitalizations in the U.S. related to children with IBD. In this context, our results support the evidence for an increased prevalence of pediatric IBD in the U.S. in recent years.