Medical Management of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Paul Flanagan
  • Keith Leiper


Ulcerative colitis (UC) affects about 1 in 400 of the UK population, with a stable incidence in the last few decades. The peak age of onset of disease is around 30 years, but onset of disease can occur at any age, though it is rare after 70 years [1]. The strongest risk factor for developing UC is a family history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (either UC or Crohn’s disease); however, the risk of monozygotic twins developing UC is lower than for Crohn’s disease (10% versus 38%) broadly suggesting that UC is less “genetic” than CD [1].


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative Colitis Ulcerative Colitis Patient Oral Steroid Toxic Megacolon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Link 5ZRoyal Liverpool University HospitalLiverpoolUK

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