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Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Activate Quiescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease

HERBERT J. KAUFMANN, M.D.; and HOWARD L. TAUBIN, M.D.
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Katonah, New York; and Bridgeport, Connecticut


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Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(4):513-516. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-107-4-513
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Four patients with quiescent inflammatory bowel disease had prompt exacerbations when given nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can have noxious effects on the distal intestine as well as on the proximal gut. Eight previous cases of exacerbation of ulcerative colitis have been reported, as have instances of de-novo colitis and ileitis in persons treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs who did not have preexisting inflammatory bowel disease. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug ingestion should be considered in the differential diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. These drugs should be administered to patients with inflammatory bowel disease only after consideration of their possible harmful effects.

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