Published: 5 August 2020
Author(s): Luca Zanoli, Antonino Tuttolomondo, Giulio Geraci, Pietro Castellino
Issue: January 2021
Section: Letter to the Editor

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is characterized by an involvement of the large bowel which leads to chronic systemic inflammation, increased aortic stiffness and reflected waves [1–4] and an excess of cardiovascular events [5]. A recent expert panel statement suggests that aortic stiffness is an extraintestinal manifestation of UC caused by chronic inflammation [6]. In this regard, the arterial phenotype of patients with UC is characterized by an increase of both muscular and elastic artery stiffness [7].

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