Sunanda Kane, MD, MSPH; Michael J. Goldberg, MD
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Kane S., Goldberg M.; Use of Bromelain for Mild Ulcerative Colitis. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:680. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-8-200004180-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(8):680.
TO THE EDITOR:
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the mucosal layer of the colon. Despite multiple treatments, some patients continue to be symptomatic and seek alternative therapy. We describe two patients who achieved clinical and endoscopic remission after initiation of bromelain supplementation.
A 67-year-old woman with a history of ulcerative proctitis continued to have three to four bloody bowel movements per day despite adequate doses of sulfasalazine, mesalamine, and topical steroids. She discovered bromelain at a nutrition/herbal store after researching “digestive aids” and anti-inflammatory drugs. Within a week of taking two tablets of bromelain at each meal, she was having one formed bowel movement per day without blood or urgency. Endoscopy performed at that time revealed healed mucosa.
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