What is the incidence, prevalence, and natural history of indeterminate colitis?

Department of Gastroenterology, Ospedale Generale di Zona Valduce, Como, Italy.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Impact Factor: 5.48). 01/2008; 14 Suppl 2(Supplement):S159-60. DOI: 10.1002/ibd.20594
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