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Obesity rising among hospitalized Crohn’s patients

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Reuters Health - 25/09/2020 - The percentage of hospitalized Crohn's disease (CD) patients with obesity rose sharply over the past two decades, while the proportion of malnourished patients also increased, new findings show. Obese CD patients did not have increased mortality, but their hospital stays were longer, the costs were higher, and they were more likely to develop sepsis and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Dr. Joseph D. Feuerstein of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and colleagues found. "Prospective studies are needed to optimize care for the population of patients with both CD and obesity and reduce hospital-associated morbidity," they write in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Obesity contributes to inflammation, but studies of the effect of obesity on CD outcomes have had mixed results, the authors say. To investigate, they looked at data from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) on more than 176,000 patients admitted for CD in 20...

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