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The importance of the abdominal X-radiograph in acute ulcerative colitis
  1. K D Jethwa1,
  2. M R Green2,
  3. M D Balapatabendi2
  1. 1Department of General Paediatrics, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Leicester Children's Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr K D Jethwa, 4 Manor Court Avenue, Jepson House, Nuneaton CV11 5HX, UK; k.d.jethwa{at}

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A 7-year-old boy, with a background of severe autism resulting in significant feeding issues to the extent he is gastrostomy fed, presented with a 14 day history of bloody diarrhoea and generalised abdominal pain. Acute fulminant ulcerative colitis was diagnosed histologically after infection was ruled out. He was treated with intravenous methylprednisolone and antibiotics and recovered completely. He was then discharged …

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