IBD linked to higher risk of cervical dysplasia

It's important women with IBD keep up to date with cervical screening, specialist says

Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are more likely to develop high-grade cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN2+), a Dutch study suggests.

pathologist looking down a microscope

Researchers examined cervical cytology and histology data for nearly 2100 women with IBD and some 8400 women in a matched cohort from the general population in the Netherlands.

After a median follow-up of 13 years, women with IBD had a 66% higher likelihood of developing CIN2+ and 89% greater odds of having persistent or recurrent CIN during follow-up than