Surgical Indications and Procedures in Ulcerative Colitis.

  title={Surgical Indications and Procedures in Ulcerative Colitis.},
  author={Robert R. Cima and John H. Pemberton},
  journal={Current treatment options in gastroenterology},
  volume={7 3},
Chronic ulcerative colitis (CUC) is an inflammatory bowel disease limited to the mucosa of the rectum and colon. The inflammation begins in the rectum and progresses uninterrupted for variable distances. To date, no etiologic factor has been identified. However, population studies suggest there is both a genetic and environmental component contributing to the development of CUC. The natural history is one of a chronic inflammatory state, characterized by intermittent flares of disease activity… CONTINUE READING


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