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Update module 1404: Ulcerative colitis

Update module 1404: Ulcerative colitis

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What is the main role of aminosalicylates in ulcerative colitis (UC)? Why should a patient on azathioprine be advised to report a sore throat? Do you know what the Montreal classification is?


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If you feel you need to know more about UC, this article focuses on drug treatment while also considering the signs, symptoms and diagnosis.


Key points


• UC is an uncommon chronic relapsing inflammatory disease involving the rectum and a variable extent of colon.

• Patients with UC present commonly with frequent bloody diarrhoea and low abdominal pain. Infection and Crohn's disease must be considered in the differential diagnosis.

• Initial treatment involves aminosalicylates and/or corticosteroids, administered by mouth or rectum depending on the extent

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