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A 28-year-old male asked:

Colonoscopy shows no sign of crohn's disease but can it be ulcerative colitis ?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Not likely: If the colonoscopy and biopsies all looked normal, you likely do not have ulcerative colitis.
Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Unlikely: if no signs of crohn's disease was seen on colonoscopy, then it means there was no inflammation seen. Ulcerative colitis would have been seen on colonoscopy, unless it is "quiescent" or controlled with medications.

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How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

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What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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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 the other), and environmental influences (eg smoking increases Crohn's and decreases severity of uc...). Bet you didn't expect the latter! as knowledge increases more precise factors are identified.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the disparity between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
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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.
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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

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Dr. Jason Bodzin
General Surgery 51 years experience
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.

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