A 46-year-old member asked:
how do "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis" differ?
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Colitis: There are many forms and types of colitis, some will resolve on their own. Infectious (bacterial), pseudomembranous, ischemic, crohn's, etc. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of chronic colitis of uncertain cause, diagnosed often by biopsy at colonoscopy. It can be a long term condition needing specific medications to treat & serial colonoscopy to watch the degree of colitis or for dysplasia.
Answered on Jul 29, 2013
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