Usefulness of the Cytomegalovirus Antigenemia Assay in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis

  title={Usefulness of the Cytomegalovirus Antigenemia Assay in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis},
  author={Jaeyoung Chun and Changhyun Lee and Ji-eun Kwon and Sung Wook Hwang and Sang Gyun Kim and Joo Sung Kim and Hyun Chae Jung and Jong Pil Im},
  booktitle={Intestinal research},
BACKGROUND/AIMS Patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) are at high risk for cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation. The usefulness of the CMV antigenemia assay in active UC patients has rarely been studied. We assessed whether the assay detects CMV colitis and predicts clinical outcomes in patients with UC. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients hospitalized for moderate-to-severe UC from 2003 to 2012. Positive CMV antigenemia was defined as ≥1 pp65-positive cell per 2… CONTINUE READING

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