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Ultrasonographic assessment of colonic wall in moderate-severe ulcerative colitis: Comparison with endoscopic findings.
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PMID:  21482208     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Bowel ultrasound has been shown to be a useful tool to evaluate patients with inflammatory bowel disease, especially Crohn's disease. However, such data are still scarce in ulcerative colitis patients. AIMS: To establish the value of bowel ultrasound in moderate to severe ulcerative colitis patients, and compare these data with endoscopic findings. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Endoscopic, ultrasound and C-reactive protein data from 51 patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis observed during a 3-year period were retrospectively obtained and analysed. RESULTS: All patients displayed pathological thickness (>4mm) of the colon wall. This value strongly correlated with C-reactive protein values (p=0.0001) and the endoscopic score (p<0.0001). Also, a strong correlation (p<0.0001) was found between CRP values and endoscopic score. CONCLUSIONS: Bowel ultrasound, in expert hands, may represent a useful adjunctive (or first line) tool for the evaluation of patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.
Elisabetta Antonelli; Vittorio Giuliano; Giovanni Casella; Vincenzo Villanacci; Vittorio Baldini; Monia Baldoni; Olivia Morelli; Gabrio Bassotti
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Digestive and liver disease : official journal of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology and the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-3562     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100958385     Medline TA:  Dig Liver Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Editrice Gastroenterologica Italiana S.r.l. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia, Italy.
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