Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Shingles?

William James, MD; Camila K. Janniger, MD

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March 09, 2017

Research indicates that patients with IBD are at significantly increased risk for herpes zoster. In an analysis of more than 108,000 IBD patients and 430,000 matched controls, the overall annual incidence of herpes zoster per 100,000 person-years was 734 among IBD patients, compared with 437 in non-IBD patients. The elevated risk in IBD patients remained after adjustment for comorbidities and other factors. Treatment with thiopurines, corticosteroids, and biologic antitumor necrosis factor-alpha (anti-TNF) agents was independently associated with an increased risk for herpes zoster.

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