Letters Colectomy and IBD

Does surgery improve survival?

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39409.417188.BE (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1109
  1. Muhammad F Dawwas, specialist registrar
  1. Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ
  1. drdawwas{at}gmail.com

    The study by Roberts et al of mortality among patients in hospital for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has several limitations.1

    Firstly, the observation that patients with IBD undergoing elective colectomy had lower mortality than those treated medically or needing emergency colectomy is not “strong evidence suggesting that the threshold for elective colectomy is …

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