Fast Five Quiz: Can You Properly Identify Ulcerative Colitis and Initiate Best Treatment?

Marc D. Basson, MD, PhD, MBA


December 02, 2014

Ulcerative colitis occurs more frequently in white persons than in African American or Hispanic persons. The incidence of ulcerative colitis is reported to be two to four times higher in Ashkenazi Jews. However, population studies in North America do not completely support this assertion.

Ulcerative colitis is slightly more common in women than in men. Age of onset follows a bimodal pattern, with a peak at 15-25 years and a smaller one at 55-65 years; however, the disease can occur in people of any age. Ulcerative colitis is uncommon in persons younger than 10 years. Two of every 100,000 children are affected; however, 20%-25% of all cases of ulcerative colitis occur in persons aged 20 years or younger.

For more on the epidemiology of ulcerative colitis, read here.


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