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Hemorrhagic rectocolitis or ulcerative colitis in the black Senegalese. Apropos of 14 cases



Hemorrhagic rectocolitis or ulcerative colitis in the black Senegalese. Apropos of 14 cases



Medecine Tropicale 44(3): 269-278



Ulcerative colitis is exceptional in Africa South of the Sahara. The first case was described in 1964: up to 1982, 46 cases were reported. We report on 14 cases (6 females and 8 males) observed in black Senegalese for three years and a half. The medium age of patients was 30 years. All of them had a high social standard of living. Four patients showed intestinal amebiasis in their previous medical history. Clinical and evolutive patterns of ulcerative colitis in Africa present few differences in comparison with the classical ones. The diagnosis is established by endoscopy (rectosigmoidoscopy and/or colonoscopy) and histopathology. Cryptic abscesses were found in only 2 out of 14 cases. Rectal dysplasia was noted in 2 cases. The course of the disease developed on a fulminating acute mode in one case, on a continuous chronic mode in another case and on a chronic mode with relapses in 11 cases. Irrespective to the clinical form observed, intestinal amebiasis represents the most pressing differential diagnosis. Treatment appears to be difficult in severe acute forms out of an intensive care department, as well as in advanced extensive chronic forms. For the later in black Africa endoscopic and histopathological surveillance appears to be preferable to a total colectomy, made necessary by the important rectal lesions, because the functional sequelae of an ileostomy.

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