The clinical impact of primary sclerosing cholangitis in patients with an ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis.
INTRODUCTION: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the liver, is associated with ulcerative colitis (UC) in up to 75% of Northern European patients. These patients are at increased risk for the development of colorectal cancer, and the operation of choice is restorative proctocolectomy with an ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. However, complications such as pouchitis can occur, and studies have suggested that PSC is an independent risk factor for the dev...Expand abstract
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