Case 5: R.R. Male 42, Ulcerative Colitis


  • R. R. Male, 42
  • Partial colectomy. Rectal bleeding. Used aspirin and acetaminophen for pain. Mouth ulcers
  • 3 g per day
  • Lessening of rectal bleeding, but required total colectomy. Continued on N-acetylglucosamine 3 g per day after surgery, lessening of mouth ulcers, less fatigue, nausea and generally felt better.

Case Report

R.R., male, 42, underwent surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease with partial removal of the colon. After the surgery, he continued to suffer rectal bleeding and ulceration of the mouth. He took aspirin and acetaminophen regularly for pain relief, and underwent surgery for hip replacement. He began taking N-ACETYLGLUCOSAMINE, 3 g per day, before the hip surgery and continued taking it at that rate during and after the surgery. He reported that the main immediate improvement he experienced was less fatigue and nausea, and a generally better feeling However, he also noted after several weeks of N-ACETYLGLUCOSAMINE ingestion that there was a lessening of rectal bleeding, and a decrease in the development of mouth ulcers.

R.R. then underwent surgery for complete removal of the colon. At the time, he stopped taking N-ACETYLGLUCOSAMINE. He again began to experience difficulties with intestinal discomfort and mouth ulcers. Subsequent to surgery for removal of the colon, he resumed taking N-ACETYLGLUCOSAMINE at a rate of 3 g per day and found that as before, it made him feel better and lessened the incidence of mouth ulcers.

In the period before colectomy, the evidence of decreased bleeding is of significance and is consistent with the discovery that N-ACETYLGLUCOSAMINE provides for the formation of essential tissue structures whose deficiency contributes to GI bleeding and oral cavity lesions.