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Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 1990 Apr;4(2):123-9.

The efficacy of tobramycin in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

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Gastroenterology Unit, General Infirmary, Leeds, UK.


This paper reports a double-blind placebo-controlled trial of oral tobramycin in acute ulcerative colitis. Eighty-four patients with an acute relapse of ulcerative colitis were randomized to receive oral tobramycin or placebo for 1 week as an adjunct to steroid therapy. At endpoint, 31 of 42 (74%) in the tobramycin group achieved complete symptomatic remission compared with 18 of 42 (43%) in the placebo group (P = 0.008). The tobramycin group achieved better histological scores (P less than 0.05) at endpoint. These findings show that treatment with oral tobramycin improves the short-term outcome of patients with ulcerative colitis in relapse.

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