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Efficacy of azathioprine versus mesalazine in postoperative Crohn's disease
  1. Alexander C Ford
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexander C Ford, Leeds Gastroenterology Institute, D Floor, Clarendon Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK; alexf12399{at}

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I read the study performed by Reinisch and colleagues with interest.1 As the authors state, the optimum strategy for the treatment of Crohn's disease following intestinal resection remains uncertain, with conflicting evidence for use of mesalazine,2 3 and only limited data to suggest that 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) or azathioprine are more effective than placebo4 5 in terms of the prevention of either clinical or endoscopic relapse of disease activity.

Reinisch et al are therefore …

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