Clinical & Experimental Allergy

Atopic disease in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

Authors

  • S. M. PUGH,

    1. Department of Gastroenterology and University Department of Medical Statistics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
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  • J. RHODES,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Gastroenterology and University Department of Medical Statistics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
      Dr J. Rhodes, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XW.
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  • J. F. MAYBERRY,

    1. Department of Gastroenterology and University Department of Medical Statistics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
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  • D. L. ROBERTS,

    1. Department of Gastroenterology and University Department of Medical Statistics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
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  • R. V. HEATLEY,

    1. Department of Gastroenterology and University Department of Medical Statistics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
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  • R. G. NEWCOMBE

    1. Department of Gastroenterology and University Department of Medical Statistics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
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Dr J. Rhodes, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XW.

Summary

Three hundred patients with ulcerative colitis, 200 with Crohn's disease and matched control subjects completed questionnaires about atopic disease. They were asked whether they had ever suffered from asthma, hay fever, allergic rhinitis or eczema; in ulcerative colitis all of these features occurred with twice the frequency, but in Crohn's disease only eczema was more common than in controls.

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