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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.
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Uceris: Is a new medication that allows corticosteroids without all the systemic side effects.
Dr. Shyamali Singhal
General Surgery 24 years experience
Many options: There are medical options with steroids, biologics to control symptoms and if surgery is necessary because of persistent symtpoms it is safe and effective.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is ulcerative colitis a chronic disease? How is it treated?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Yes: There are textbooks written on treatment of ulcerative colitis so the answer is too detailed for this forum. You should see a gastroenterologist to review treatment options as not every option will suit each patient.
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Can ulcerative colitis be treated with alternative medecine?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
But not very well: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic auto-immune disease. As time passes the chronic inflammation not uncommonly leads to colon cancer. It is manageable, but chronic surveillance and medical management is needed. I would not recommend abandoning current evidence based medical and surgical management . Optimal lifestyle and diet can help, of course . Good luck.
A 31-year-old member asked:

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
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are/is ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Inflammatory : Condition of unknown cause that causes cramps, diarrhea sometimes bloody, and GI absorption problems. Treatment requires anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes even surgery. Complicated issue that is impossible to discuss in limited space here.

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