Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Distinction between Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Hugh James Freeman
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


Ulcerative colitis, since its original description in 1865 in the Union Army,1 has emerged as a heterogeneous collection of inflammatory bowel disorders recognized and separated from the parent group by the identification of a variety of clinicopathological features and most important by the exclusion of specific infectious agents. Today, ulcerative colitis remains an idiopathic entity requiring for diagnosis the exclusion of specific etiological agents and the evaluation of a combination of clinical, radiographic, endoscopic, and histological features.2


Ulcerative Colitis Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease Extraintestinal Complication Specific Infectious Agent Ileostomy Revision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh James Freeman
    • 1
  1. 1.Health Sciences Centre HospitalThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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