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How long would it take for someone to develop ulcerative colitis if they've never had it before?

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Dr. Ernest Fischer
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 11 years experience
It appears anytime: It can develop at any age, even in people with completely no symptoms before. Sometimes smoking masks it. If you are having bloody stool please be seen.
Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 53 years experience
??: I am sorry but I don't understand your question.How long from when?Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that presents with diarrhea and rectal bleeding when it is actively inflamed.If you are having symptoms like this please see your doctor who may recommend colonoscopy.Good luck.
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Onset : Can occur over several weeks, or all of a sudden resulting in hospitalization with bloody diarrhea. It varies from individual to individual.

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