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Appendicectomy has no beneficial effect on admission rates in patients with ulcerative colitis
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    • Jesper Hallas, Senior consultant
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      • David Gaist, Werner Vach and Henrik Toft Sørensen

    Dear Editor

    Dr Adani and colleagues pose a very interesting question.[1] Some studies have suggested that appendectomy only confers a profylactic effect against UC if performed before the age of 20. Thus, it would be conceivable that the therapeutic effect (i.e. the ability to reduce admissions for those who already have UC) might be confined to this age group as well.

    Unfortunately, we cannot provide...

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    The role of age in the protection of appendectomy against ulcerative colitis
    • Gian Luigi Adani, Assistant Surgeon
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      • Umberto Baccarani and Andrea Risaliti

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the article by Hallas et al.[1] recently published in Gut investigating the protective role of appendectomy toward hospital admission rate in patients with ulcerative colitis.

    The population studied consisted of a cohort of 202 cases who underwent appendectomy after their first admission for ulcerative colitis. A population of patients affected by ulcerative...

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