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Dr. Arthur Barrie shares a recent case from his practice of an 54 year-old woman with chronic diarrhea and examines the clinical features, epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatments for microscopic colitis.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe microscopic colitis, particularly in high risk individuals.
  • Discuss the possibility of drug-induced colitis
  • Implement proven and effective treatments for microscopic colitis

Reading Resources:

  1. Gastroenterology. 2011 Apr;140(4):1155-65. Epub 2011 Feb 22. Microscopic colitis.Pardi DS, Kelly CP.
  2. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Oct;9(10):881-90. Epub 2011 Jun 13. Prednisolone and budesonide for short- and long-term treatment of microscopic colitis: systematic review and meta-analysis.Stewart MJ, Seow CH, Storr MA.
  3. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Feb 21;9(4):209-18. doi: 10.1038/nrgastro.2012.16. Lymphocytic and collagenous colitis: an overview of so-called microscopic colitis.Chetty R, Govender D.


Dr. Barrie has no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare goods or services.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.50 contact hour.

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Release Date: 12/6/2012 | Last Modified On: 5/19/2014 | Expires: 5/19/2015

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