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Ulcerative colitis — an allergic phenomenon


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    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.

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From the Gastro-Enterological Service of Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y.

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Andresen, A.P.R. Ulcerative colitis — an allergic phenomenon. Jour. D. D. 9, 91–98 (1942).

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  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Food Allergy
  • Mucous Membrane
  • Hemorrhoid