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A 20-year-old female asked:

How can you die for ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
NO If you take care : Ulcerative colitis most of the time could be controlled , with aim of prolonged remission, possible to prevent most of complications , need to be followed by a professional team ( doctors ) negligence , or delay in seeing professional help could be lethal , as complications like toxic megacolon , perforation , malignancy etc are part of this treacherous disease
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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 19 years experience
Rare: As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from uc. The main cause of death that can be tied to uc would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from uc are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are/is ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 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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