Jan 1, 1980

Recurrence in Crohn's colitis: the numbers game

World Journal of Surgery
D J Glotzer


There has been great controversy about the proper role of operation in the management of colonic Crohn's disease because of disagreement about the frequency of recurrence. Since, in our retrospective studies, the majority of patients with colonic Crohn's disease had a previous diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, accurate determination of the recurrence rate in colonic Crohn's disease requires review of all patients with colonic inflammatory bowel disease in order to define the population at risk. Using objective means for diagnosis and for the assessment of outcome, we have found that recurrent disease after ileostomy and colectomy occurred in a minority (approximately 16%) of the patients. Both Crohn's colitis and ulcerative colitis followed a generally favorable postoperative course after this procedure, since even those patients who developed recurrent disease usually were rehabilitated by one or more revisions of the ileostomy. We believe that needed operations should not be avoided solely because of a diagnosis of colonic Crohn's disease, since the high recurrence rates and poor prognoses reported in many studies are based on falsely low numbers of those at risk.

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Body Parts - Ileostomy
Research Methodology
Recurrent Malignant Neoplasm
Crohn's Disease of Large Bowel
Recurrence (Disease Attribute)
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Colon Structure (Body Structure)
Retrospective Studies

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