Contemporary Medical Management of Acute Severe Ulcerative Colitis

Kaitlin G Whaley, Michael J Rosen
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2019 January 1, 25 (1): 56-66
Acute severe ulcerative colitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt recognition, evaluation, and intervention. Patients require hospital admission with laboratory, radiographic, and endoscopic evaluation with initiation of corticosteroid treatment. Despite early intervention, many patients require salvage medical therapy, with some progressing to colectomy. Here we review important concepts and recent advances in the evaluation and medical management of adult and pediatric patients with acute severe ulcerative colitis.

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