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Vitamin D as a therapy for colitis: A systematic review.
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PMID:  22398085     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The effect of vitamin D supplementation on immune disorders has been a topical research focus. The aim of this systematic review was to examine the current evidence of the effect of vitamin D supplementation as a therapy for colitis. METHODS: The following databases were searched: MEDLINE, Pubmed, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials using the terms 'inflammatory bowel disease' 'Crohn's disease' 'ulcerative colitis' 'colitis' [and] 'vitamin D'. Both human and animal studies published in English language were examined. The reference lists of included studies and review articles were manually searched for any relevant studies. RESULTS: Four studies were included in this systematic review. All reported an improvement in disease activity with vitamin D supplementation. The only high quality human study reported a non-significant reduction of relapse rate for Crohn's disease. No major adverse effects of vitamin D supplementation were reported. CONCLUSIONS: Although there is some evidence that supplemental vitamin D, as an adjunctive treatment, may help in controlling colitis, this evidence is not enough to justify using vitamin D in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Large high quality placebo-controlled randomised controlled trials are needed to explore a possible benefit of using vitamin D in treating IBD.
Imogen Nicholson; A Mark Dalzell; Wael El-Matary
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of Crohn's & colitis     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1876-4479     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101318676     Medline TA:  J Crohns Colitis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Crown Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK.
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