European evidence-based Consensus on the diagnosis and management of ulcerative colitis: Definitions and diagnosis.

@article{Stange2008EuropeanEC,
  title={European evidence-based Consensus on the diagnosis and management of ulcerative colitis: Definitions and diagnosis.},
  author={Eduard F Stange and Simon P. L. Travis and S{\'e}verine Vermeire and Walter Reinisch and Karel J. Geboes and Au{\vs}rinė Barakauskienė and Roger M. Feakins and Jean- François Fl{\'e}jou and Hans H. Herfarth and Daniel W. Hommes and Limas Kup{\vc}inskas and Peter L Lakatos and Gerassimos Mantzaris and Stefan M. Schreiber and Vincenzo Villanacci and Bryan Frederick Warren},
  journal={Journal of Crohn's & colitis},
  year={2008},
  volume={2 1},
  pages={
          1-23
        }
}
### 1.1 Introduction Ulcerative colitis is a life long disease arising from an interaction between genetic and environmental factors, but observed predominantly in the developed countries of the world. The precise aetiology is unknown and therefore medical therapy to cure the disease is not yet available. Within Europe there is a North–South gradient, but the incidence appears to have increased in Southern and developing countries in recent years.1,2 Patients may live with a considerable… CONTINUE READING
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