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Flare up of ulcerative colitis during pregnancy treated by adsorptive granulocyte and monocyte apheresis: therapeutic outcomes in three pregnant patients.

Hiroki Takahashi 1Kaori SugawaraMikako SugimuraMasahiro IwabuchiYutaka ManoKatsuaki UkaiKeiichi Tadokoro, Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2013 Aug;288(2):341-7.

In these three cases with active ulcerative colitis during pregnancy, granulocytapheresis as a non-pharmacologic treatment was effective and safe. In case 3 that did not respond well to the initial granulocytapheresis sessions, a moderate dose of prednisolone enhanced the efficacy of granulocytapheresis and tapering of prednisolone shortly after administration was not associated with relapse.

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