What is the role of antibiotics in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Antibiotics are used only sparingly in persons with ulcerative colitis because of limited treatment efficacy and because of an increased risk of developing antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis. In persons with Crohn disease, antibiotics are used for various indications, most commonly for perianal disease, fistulas, and intra-abdominal inflammatory masses.


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