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Where Do We Stand on Drug Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis?

Burton I. Korelitz, MD
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Requests for Reprints: Burton I. Korelitz, MD, Department of Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Lenox Hill Hospital
New York, NY 10021

Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(8):692-694. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-116-8-692
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The best treatment for any disease process cannot be considered optimal without knowing the cause of the disease. This is certainly true of ulcerative colitis. Of the various modalities available for the treatment, some of which work some of the time, not one is effective in all cases. This is in keeping with the realization that the etiology of ulcerative colitis remains an enigma, despite the progress made in understanding the natural course, complications, surgical innovations, and overall management including drug therapy.

Although ulcerative colitis is presumed to be an ancient disease, the first reports that convince us that it


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