Early surgical intervention in ulcerative colitis

Cima, R. R.; Pemberton, J. H.
February 2004
Gut;Feb2004, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p306
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the early surgical intervention in ulcerative colitis (UC), which is one of the major categories of inflammatory bowel disease and is characterised by chronic colonic mucosal inflammation of unknown aetiology. There are three major indications for surgical intervention in UC. The first is for the treatment of acute, medically unresponsive flares. The second is for poorly controlled symptomatic disease or to address intolerable treatment side effects. Lastly, surgery is performed for the possibility of malignancy after longstanding symptomatic or asymptomatic disease.


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