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Table 2 UC therapeutic strategies, disease course and complications

From: Elderly-onset vs adult-onset ulcerative colitis: a different natural history?

 Elderly (≥ 65 yrs)
N = 94
Adults (40–64 yrs)
N = 94
p value
Therapy at the diagnosis
 Mesalamine N (yrs, SD)55 (58.5)51 (54.8)0.612
 Steroids N (%)36 (38.3)31 (33.3)0.479
 Surgery at the diagnosis (%)5 (5.3)3 (3.2)0.479
Follow-up
 Surgery N (%)19 (20.4)8 (8.5)0.020
 Months to surgery, mean (SD)18.4 (34.1)24,87 (23.9)0.2903
 Mesalamine N (%)90 (95.7)86 (96.7)0.351
 Immunosuppressant N (%)10 (10.8)11 (12.1)0.837
 Biological therapy N (%)2 (2.1)20 (22)< 0.0005
 Patients with one relapse or more, N (%)54 (57.5)52 (57.1)0.932
 Time to first relapse in months, mean (SD)19.04 (28.6)16,49 (22.9)0.5615
 Extraintestinal manifestations N(%)9 (9.6)18 (19.2)0.061
Complications
 Intestinal complications N (%)17 (18.1)5 (5.5)0.0007
 Systemic infections, N (%)28 (29.8)24 (25.5)0.514