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Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis/proctitis is not contagious. It caused by immune system acting against colon mucosa.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Ulcerative colitis: Is not. However proctitis or colitis caused by bacteria especially clostridia difficile can be very contagious as can other forms of infectious colitis. Use good hand hygiene and be sure to not contact stool or underclothes and get a correct diagnosis and treatment.

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What causes ulcerative colitis? Is it contagious?

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No: It is not contagious but may run in families. There are numerous theories as to the causation, but no real consistency from one patient to the next.

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