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Washington University School of Medicine

Age and Severity of Colitis

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Caption: Ulcerative colitis tends to strike either young patients -- between 18 and 30 -- or older patients who are 50 and older. Now researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that symptoms tended to linger in younger adults, and more of them required steroid therapy for the disorder. The researchers say itís possible that although the clinical symptoms are similar in older and younger patients, the root causes of the disorder may be different.

Credit: Washington University BioMed Radio

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