Second Korean Guideline for the Management of Ulcerative Colitis

IBD Study Group of the Korean Association for the Study of the Intestinal Diseases

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Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder characterized by a relapsing and remitting course. The direct and indirect costs of the treatment of UC are high, and the quality of life of patients is reduced, especially during exacerbation of the disease. The incidence and prevalence of UC in Korea are still lower than those of Western countries, but have been rapidly increasing during the past decades. Various medical and surgical therapies, including biologics, are currently used for the management of UC. However, many challenging issues exist, which sometimes lead to differences in practice between clinicians. Therefore, the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases established the first Korean guideline for the management of UC in 2012. This is an update of the first guideline. It was generally made by the adaptation of several foreign guidelines as was the first edition, and encompasses treatment of active colitis, maintenance of remission, and indication of surgery for UC. The specific recommendations are presented with the quality of evidence and classification of recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalThe Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi
Issue number1
StatePublished - 25 Jan 2017


  • Colitis, ulcerative
  • Guideline
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Management

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