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Research Article

Use of anti-inflammatory drugs by patients admitted with small or large bowel perforations and haemorrhage.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 02 February 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:347
  1. M J Langman,
  2. L Morgan,
  3. A Worrall


    The intake of anti-inflammatory drugs by 268 patients with colonic or small bowel perforation or haemorrhage was compared with that by a group of patients, matched for age and sex, with uncomplicated lower bowel disease. Patients with perforation or haemorrhage were more than twice as likely to be takers of anti-inflammatory drugs, but no association was detected with the intake of other types of drugs, particularly cardiovascular drugs. The association between complicated lower bowel disease and intake of anti-inflammatory drugs may be causal.