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What causes ulcerative colitis Is it contagious

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
No: It is not contagious but may run in families. There are numerous theories as to the causation, but no real consistency from one patient to the next.
Dr. J Roberts
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Autoimmune: Uc or ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder which typically responds to steroids and other immune modulators as imuran (azathioprine). It is n... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis/proctitis is not contagious. It caused by immune system acting against colon mucosa.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Ulcerative colitis: Is not. However proctitis or colitis caused by bacteria especially clostridia difficile can be very contagious as can other forms of infectious coliti... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
No evidence: To suggest that either condition is contagious or communicable, although they can run in families.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
In severe cases only: It is not a common symptom of ulcerative colitis . But in severe cases it can cause fever and can have associated headache. But only in severe cases o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 30 years experience
Genetic: Current belief that these are both genetic diseases related to immune modulation.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanjay Jain
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Ulcers in colon: As the name indicates this condition leads to ulcers in the colon which can cause signficant bleeding with stool.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Genes+environment : A combination of genetic predisposion (for example Crohn's is more common in ashkenazi jews), life events (eg appendectomy increases one and decreases... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
THe same as: In the younger years. Pain, bleeding, anemia, dehydtation, obstruction perforation. All of this are less well tolerated as we get into the older age g... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Standard treatments: The treatments for ulcerative colitis are all directed at the inflammation of the lining of the intestine. Uc is treated differently more on where it... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ken Kingdon
General Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Symtpoms will vary sepending on how well the disease is currently controlled. In the long term average bathroom visit of at least 3 times a day are th... Read More
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