The final diagnosis in pouch patients for presumed ulcerative colitis may change to Crohn's disease: patients should be warned of the consequences.

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BACKGROUND The ileal pouch is usually the procedure of choice in the surgical management of Ulcerative Colitis (UC), but pouch surgery has a high complication and failure rate in Crohn's Disease (CD). METHODS This study is a review of 222 consecutive patients with an initial diagnosis of UC and 3 with CD, treated by ileal pouch anal anastomosis. RESULTS… (More)

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