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EpiCast Report: Ulcerative Colitis - Epidemiology Forecast to 2022

Ulcerative colitis prevalent cases in top ten markets totalled 1.9Mn in 2012

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2014-03-17 07:35:01 - EpiCast Report: Ulcerative Colitis - Epidemiology Forecast to 2022 - a new market research report on

Epidemiologists forecast that there were 134,109 incident cases of ulcerative colitis in the 10MM in 2012, and the number of incident cases will grow 12.2% over the next decade to 150,530 incident cases.

In 2012, there were 1,860,616 prevalent cases of ulcerative colitis in the 10MM. Each of the 10MM, except Germany, will see an increase in prevalent cases over the 10-year forecast period.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and rectum. The colon´s ability to absorb water is decreased, which leads to progressive loosening of the stool, bloody stool, and sometimes cramping or abdominal pain with urgency for bowel movement (CDC, 2013; NDDIC, 2013). The exact cause



or triggers of the disease are yet to be identified. However, it is known that in people with ulcerative colitis, the body´s immune system mistakes bacteria, food, and other materials in the intestine for foreign objects and attacks the colon tissues, leading to chronic inflammation of the colon linings (CDC, 2013). Ulcerative colitis commonly affects teenagers and young adults, which could result in poor development or growth; nonetheless, the disease can also occur in children and older individuals (CCFA, 2013). Due to the disease´s unknown etiology, there is currently no cure available for ulcerative colitis other than surgically removing the affected colon and/or rectum as the last resort (CCFA, 2013; CDC, 2013).

Due to the lack of diagnosed incidence/prevalence data for ulcerative colitis in India, total incident and prevalent cases, rather than diagnosed incident and prevalent cases of ulcerative colitis, with the same age and sex segments are forecast for India.

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