Seven patients with inactive ulcerative colitis and seven patients with Crohn's disease (5 inactive, 2 mildly active) received interferon treatment for associated chronic active hepatitis. Neither relapse (except in one patient) nor worsening of the clinical course of the inflammatory bowel disease was observed during treatment. According to these results chronic active hepatitis associated with inflammatory bowel disease can be treated with interferon without the risk of deteriorating the course of the inflammatory bowel disease.
"Gastrointestinal disorders (especially diarrhea) are observed in a proportion of patients treated with the currently approved combination treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC), pegylated-interferon alpha (PEG-IFNa) plus ribavirin (RIB) . Several reports suggest that the presence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is not a contraindication for interferon-alpha-(IFNa-) based treatments  . Furthermore, a randomised placebo-controlled trial of PEG- IFNa in patients with active ulcerative colitis concluded that PEG-IFNa is safe but not effective treatment for these patients . "
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