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what is the disparity between crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Difficult problem: Both crohn's and ulcerative colitis are difficult problems with diagnosis made at biopsy. The surgical procedures include resection, ostomy, anastomosis and are added when medical therapy alone is not able to control. Neither disease is curable, both are managed with medication and diet with avoidance of irritants like gluten, fat, lactose. Bile binders can help. Be well.
Answered on Sep 26, 2017
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Dr. Jonah Essers
17 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Unclear question: If by disparity you mean "the difference between" then: ulcerative colitis affects just the large intestine(colon) and causes bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. The inflammation is superficial on the bowel lining. Crohns causes deep inflammation through the whole bowel wall and affects anywhere in the GI tract from lips to anus.Symptoms of crohns can be more severe and can cause bowel obstruction.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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