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A 25-year-old male asked:

I have ulcerative colitis and my gi wants me to seea dermatologist. i have no symptoms and am in remission. is this necessary?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications. Because ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition, symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly. You would also not want to see a dermatologist for this condition since it pertains to your digestive tract. I recommend seeing a regular doctor first so they can rule out other possibilities :].
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Maybe: Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) may be associated with certain dermatological conditions. Also, if you're taking certain medications, there may be an increased risk for certain type of malignancies. I would assume your dr. Just being thorough but hopefully you have a good enough relationship that you can ask why the referral.

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