Endometriosis sufferers have a higher risk of Crohn’s disease.

A study, done over 10 years, consisting of over 35,000 Danish women who had been hospitalised due to endometriosis has found that there is a significantly higher risk of Crohn’s disease.

 

The study concludes that where Endometriosis has been surgically verified, the risk of having Crohn’s disease is 80% higher than those without.  Where the diagnosis had not been confirmed surgically (symptom only diagnosis) the risk was 50% higher than the normal population.  The study was undertaken from 1997 to 2007, the women were then followed up for up to 13 years, 320 of the women developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease and 92 with Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease generally causes complications within the gastrointestinal tract, including diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss.

The study was led by Dr. Tine Jess and a team of researchers at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.

BMJ journal Gut article: