Microscopic Colitis is Associated with Several Concomitant Diseases.

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Microscopic colitis (MC) is a disease with intestinal mucosal inflammation causing diarrhea, affecting predominantly middle-aged women. The etiology is unknown, but increased prevalence of autoimmune diseases in these patients has been described, although not compared with controls or adjusted for confounding factors. The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of common diseases in patients with MC and controls from the general population. Hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma or bronchitis, ischemia, and diabetes mellitus were more prevalent in patients than in controls. The prevalence of gastric ulcer and cancer did not differ between the groups. Besides corticosteroids, many patients were also being treated with proton pump inhibitors, antidepressant drugs, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor antagonists, statins, thyroid hormones, and beta-blockers. More patients than controls were former or current smokers (72.5% versus 57.7%). Thus, MC patients have an increased prevalence of several diseases, not only of autoimmune origin.


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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Farmakologi och toxikologi
Sidor (från-till)19-25
TidskriftDrug Target Insights
StatusPublished - 2013
Peer review utfördJa


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