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Table 2 Clinical, biochemical and demographic data of the patients who failed intensive medical therapy (n = 51) according to the 2 subgroups (Group I: those operated ≤5 days and Group II >5 days after initiation of intensive steroid therapy).

From: Outcome following emergency surgery for refractory severe ulcerative colitis in a tertiary care centre in India

Variable Group I* (n = 17)
Mean (± SEM)
Group II* (n = 34)
Mean (± SEM)
Age (years) 33 (3.8) 35 (2)
Disease duration (months) 48 (15.2) 32 (6.7)
Stool frequency/day 10.2 (0.9) 11.9 (0.9)
Pulse rate (/minute) 92 (5.3) 98 (2.5)
Poor nutritional status# 9 (56%) 22 (64%)
Hemoglobin (g/dl) 9.9 (0.6) 9.4 (0.4)
ESR (mm) 41 (7.1) 44.8 (4.3)
Urea (mg/dl) 22.2 (1.9) 26.3 (4.8)
Serum albumin (g/dl) 2.8 (0.14) 2.5 (0.13)
  1. * On statistical comparison none of these variables were found to be significantly different
  2. # Number of patients classified as having poor nutritional status
  3. SEM - Standard error of means