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Gastroenterology. 1982 Dec;83(6):1207-9.

Acute viral enteritis and exacerbations of inflammatory bowel disease.


In order to determine whether or not acute viral gastroenteritis predisposes to exacerbations of inflammatory bowel disease, patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis were observed longitudinally. Assessment of disease activity was correlated with evidence for viral infection by serology and stool antigen testing. Disease exacerbations were rarely associated with rotavirus, Norwalk agent, or adenovirus infection, primarily because these infection rates were very low. However, the few patients having these viral infections often had relapse symptoms.

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