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The efficacy and safety of selective leukocytapheresis in the treatment of ulcerative colitis: a meta-analysis

Mingming Zhu 1Xitao XuFang NieJinlu TongShudong XiaoZhihua Ran, Int J Colorectal Dis. 2011 Aug;26(8):999-1007.

Current data indicate that leukocytapheresis supplementation may be more efficacious on improving response and remission rates and tapering corticosteroid dosage with excellent tolerability and safety than conventional pharmacotherapy in patients with UC. In addition, more high-quality randomized controlled trials are required to confirm the higher efficacy of leukocytapheresis in patients with UC.

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