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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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JULIAO BANOS, Fabián. Medical therapy for inflammatory bowel disease. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2007, vol.22, n.4, pp.313-330. ISSN 0120-9957.

The optimal medical treatment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease requires that the treating physician obtain a good history, evaluate the patient, perform necessary diagnostic procedures, and then prescribe an appropriate treatment based in the evidence from controlled clinical trials. The goals of pharmacology treatment in patients with inflammatory bowel disease are to improve quality of life, reduce the risk of complications and avoid surgical interventions. The recommendations of the new Montreal classification with respect to Crohn`s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis might be used in our clinical practice. Finally, the introduction of biological therapy (Infliximab, adalimumab), has greatly improved the treatment options in the management of inflammatory bowel disease.

Keywords : Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Crohn`s Disease; Ulcerative Colitis; Montreal classification; biological therapy.

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