Research Article

Inflammatory bowel disease in the West Indies.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: (Published 06 October 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:824
  1. C Bartholomew,
  2. A Butler


    Inflammatory bowel disease is generally assumed to be rare among negroes and Indians. Over 10 years 34 cases of ulcerative colitis and 14 cases of Crohn's disease were seen in one medical and one surgical unit in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Twenty-six patients were Negroes, 18 were Indians, three were of mixed race, and one was Caucasian. In many of these patients the disease was extensive and several of those with Crohn's disease suffered severe complications. The assumption that inflammatory bowel disease is rare among West Indians of African and Indian origin therefore seems to be wrong.