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Research Article

Acute colitis in a district general hospital.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 294 doi: (Published 14 March 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;294:683
  1. H W Jones,
  2. J Grogono,
  3. A M Hoare


    A review of all patients who had been admitted to hospital with acute ulcerative colitis in one health district between 1975 and 1984 showed that 96 had required 114 admissions with acute colitis: 42% (40) were admitted during their first attack, and 20% (19) required urgent surgery. A further nine patients underwent surgery after responding initially to intensive medical treatment that did not check the attack. There were no deaths from acute colitis. Thirteen patients underwent elective surgery for ulcerative colitis, and there were no deaths. The prognosis for acute colitis in district general hospitals has improved.