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How can children get ulcerative colitis? how is it treated?

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Ulcerative Colitis: The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is unknown. We know there is an increased risk if there is a family history, so genetics plays a part. Look at the National Library of Medicine's section on UC for a good synopsis of symptoms and general approaches to treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001296/#adam_000250.disease.causes

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can ulcerative colitis be treated?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Ulcerative colitis: Initial treatment of ulcerative colitis involves medications similar to Aspirin which work to reduce the inflammation of the colon. For acute episodes steroids may also be used. For patients who do not respond to medical treatment or develop intestinal obstruction, rupture, uncontrollable bleeding, or severe infection, surgery may be needed.
A 56-year-old member asked:

Can you get a flare up of ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Nicole Bressler
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Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Yes: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease in which your immune system cannot control inflammation. There are meds that help keep the inflammation under control but flare up can occur. It may be possible that current meds may need to be adjusted. Be sure to see you doctor about flare ups because ulcerated colitis can continue to spread throughout the colon.

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