Appendectomy and Ulcerative Colitis

(TeleManagement) Swedish researchers conducted a study at the County Hospital Ryhov, Jönköping, to determine whether appendicectomy had a protective effect against the development of ulcerative colitis. They found that, while the incidence of ulcerative colitis was lower in patients who had undergone appendectomy for inflammatory conditions, this was not so in patients where appendicectomy had been carried out for non-specific abdominal pain.

To examine the relationship between appendicectomy and ulcerative colitis, the authors used data from a national database to identify almost 213,000 patients under 50 who had undergone appendectomy, and the same number of matched controls who had not. Follow-up lasted until a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis was made.

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