What are EIMs?

IBD causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, but in some cases inflammation may happen outside of the gut, and can affect other organ systems such as the eyes, skin and joints. This type of inflammation is called extra intestinal, or outside of the bowel. Learn more as Dr. Chris Ma talks about the diverse range of EIMs as well as how they can affect our bodies.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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