Ulcerative colitis — an allergic phenomenon

  • Albert P. R Andresen
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Summary

  1. 1.

    Ulcerative colitis is frequently due to food allergy—in at least sixty-six per cent of cases.

     
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    The resemblance between the mucosal lesions of ulcerative colitis and allergic reactions in the skin is quite obvious.

     
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    The pathological findings in early ulcerative colitis are identical with those demonstrated in allergy experiments in humans and animals. Their progression would produce the severe, later lesions.

     
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    The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are easily explainable on an allergic basis.

     
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    Proctoscopic and roentgenological examinations can be used to demonstrate the effect of allergenic foods and the improvement on their withdrawal from the diet.

     
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    Treatment based on allergic considerations has produced results which are better than those based entirely on an infective etiology.

     

Keywords

Ulcerative Colitis Allergic Reaction Food Allergy Mucous Membrane Hemorrhoid 

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© Springer-Verlag 1942

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert P. R Andresen
    • 1
  1. 1.Brooklyn

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