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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Overview)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs and symptoms.


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Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

Ulcerative colitis: Is not. However proctitis or colitis caused by bacteria especially clostridia difficile can be very contagious as can other forms of infectious colitis. Use good hand hygiene and be sure to not contact stool or underclothes and get a correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Overview)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs and symptoms.


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Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Can be: Crohn's as well as other colitis entities can be both acute or chronic. Acute colitis is a general term that includes the above but also can include ulcerative colitis, antibiotic associated colitis, ischemic colitis to name a few. ...Read more

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Living with Ulcerative Colitis (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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What are/is ulcerative colitis?

What are/is ulcerative colitis?

Inflammatory : Condition of unknown cause that causes cramps, diarrhea sometimes bloody, and GI absorption problems. Treatment requires anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes even surgery. Complicated issue that is impossible to discuss in limited space here. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis cause body pain can you have both constipation and diarrhea?How long does it take ulcerative colitis to develop?

Can ulcerative colitis cause body pain can you have both constipation and diarrhea?How long does it take ulcerative colitis to develop?

Possibly IBS: Symptoms sound more like irritable bowel syndrome, functional disorder of colon. Symptoms:abdominal pain or cramping, bloated feeling, gas (flatulence), diarrhea or constipation, sometimes even alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. 60% of persons with ibs also suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome, cause of body pain.As many as 70% of fms patients have reported experiencing symptoms of ibs. ...Read more

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Is a bloody stool always a symptom of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis?

Is a bloody stool always a symptom of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis?

No: Bloody stool can be from many different processes and crohn's / uc can present with symptoms other than blood stools. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated. ...Read more

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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! it isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's. ...Read more

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What are the typical symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

What are the typical symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

Diarrhea, bloody: Bloody diarrhea is the hallmark of ulcerative colitis, but sometimes multiple loose stools can occur with or without blood. Those affected often have weight loss or failure to thrive. Abdominal pain may occur. Extraintestinal symptoms include eye and joint disorders, and rarely, biliary disease. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

No: These are two completely separate conditions although one patient can have both diagnoses at some point in time. It is very important to have a colonoscopy and GI/surgical evaluation to make the correct diagnosis as the treatments (medical and surgical) are very different. ...Read more

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Is dark maroon bloody diaherra a sign of ulcerative colitis?

Not necessarily: It's a sign of bleeding somewhere in the intestine, usually upper intestine/stomach if its dark red blood. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis: UC is a autoimmune type disease in which there is an inflammatory response against the patients own cells of the colon. Common symptoms include pain, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and can lead to colon cancer. The disease requires treatment with medication and can also end up needing to be treated with surgery. ...Read more

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What is ulcerative colitits?

Colonic inflammation: This is an auto-immune inflammation of the colon. It can occur at any age but is more common in teen years and young adult years. It has great variability but the typical symptoms are urgency, frequent trips to the bathroom, blood and mucus in runny stool. It can flare up and be life threatening in some cases. Medication and surgery are available and most have reasonable response. ...Read more

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I have ulcerative colitis and medication isn't working. Is there anything else I can do to feel better?

I have ulcerative colitis and medication isn't working.  Is there anything else I can do to feel better?

See a surgeon: If you are not responding to medication you may want to consider seeing a colorectal surgeon to discuss colectomy. Removal of the colon is curative in ulcerative colitis. It is however major surgery, and should be discussed at length with an experienced colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed?Ulcerative colitis, recent results show , (total)protein 8.7, serum albumin , 3.9, serum globulin 4.8. Should i be worried?

Labs, no; U.C., yes: The lab results you mentioned are not worrisome. However, the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (uc) is significant & will impact your health for the long-term. To address uc, maintain excellent rapport with your GI doctor & report flares, take the medications he gives you, follow his advice regarding tobacco, diet, & to avoid Aspirin & nsaid's, &get regular colonoscopies for dysplasia surveillance. ...Read more

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What is Crohn's colitis?

CD affecting colon: Colitis: inflammation of the colon. Lots of types including infectious, ischemic (poor blood flow), and inflammatory bowel disease-ibd. Ibd is of unknown cause, likely genetic predisposition, chronic, wax and wane. Ulcerative colitis (uc) affects inner lining of colon, starts in rectum. Crohn's disease (cd) is full thickness infl of bowel, mostly ileum, and/or colon, can skip segments of bowel. ...Read more

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Ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis related?

Ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis related?

Yes: Yes there is an association. See this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/primary-sclerosing-cholangitis/ds00918/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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How do "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis" differ?

Colitis: There are many forms and types of colitis, some will resolve on their own. Infectious (bacterial), pseudomembranous, ischemic, crohn's, etc. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of chronic colitis of uncertain cause, diagnosed often by biopsy at colonoscopy. It can be a long term condition needing specific medications to treat & serial colonoscopy to watch the degree of colitis or for dysplasia. ...Read more

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Will a colon biopsy confirm a positive test for ulcerative colitis?

Will a colon biopsy confirm a positive test for ulcerative colitis?

Yes: A colonoscopy biopsy would be the most accurate means of testing for ulcerative colitis, more accurate than any other test. Can see: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/ulcerative-colitis/ds00598/dsection=tests-and-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

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