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ANCHOR LEAD: FOLKS WITH INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE NEED EDUCATION BEFORE BECOMING PREGNANT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Over two million people have inflammatory bowel disease,  or IBD,  in the United States, a condition that requires especially careful management during pregnancy.  Mary Harris, an IBD expert at Johns Hopkins, offers this caveat.

HARRIS:  Education and planning is essential because a lot of the medications patients take may not be advised in the first trimester of pregnancy, and that specifically are antibiotics, such as Flagyl or metronidazole or Ciprofloxacin.   :14

Harris says prospective parents should be aware of the likelihood that their offspring will also develop IBD.

HARRIS:  If both mother and father have inflammatory bowel disease, the child is at risk 35 to 50% of both parents could inherit this disease entity.   :12

Such awareness may allow parents to spot the condition early in their children and seek treatment.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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