DONALD E. GIRARD, M.D.; EMMET B. KEEFFE, M.D.
To the editor: Recently, we had the opportunity to diagnose collagenous colitis (1, 2) and discover the utility of a therapeutic regimen different from those reported in the literature. This potential alternative treatment is bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol; Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio).
A 38-year-old previously healthy man was evaluated for watery diarrhea of 6-months' duration. He had had a 4-month course of watery diarrhea similar to the current episode 10 years previously. At that time stool culture failed to show pathogens and the diarrhea spontaneously resolved. The current illness was characterized by the occurrence of six to ten watery
GIRARD DE, KEEFFE EB. Therapy for Collagenous Colitis. Ann Intern Med. ;106:909. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-6-909_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(6):909.
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