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backwash ileitis


Definition: involvement of the terminal ileum by the inflammatory and ulcerative changes seen in chronic ulcerative colitis; distinguished from involvement of ileum and proximal colon by regional (granulomatous) enteritis (Crohn disease of terminal ileum and proximal colon).

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