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what is worse: chrons / ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Inflammatory Bowel: Any inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) spectrum are systemic illnesses. Ulcerative colitis primarily involves the lining of the large intestine whereas crohn's is transmural (full thickness involvement by) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Both involve similar pathways of inflammation, are similarly treated, can increase the risk of colon cancer, & may require surgery.
Answered on Jun 23, 2020
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Dr. Elie Schochet
17 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Pick your poison: Crohn's (cd) and ulcerative colitis (uc) together make up the disease entity named inflammatory bowel disease. They are not mutually exclusive so that you may have cd with uc features or vice-versa. The question is difficult because both diseases may be either acute or chronic and symptoms can vary from mildly irritating to life threatening and needing emergency surgery.
Answered on Jun 7, 2019
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Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends: Really depends on the severity, but the benefit with uc in severe cases there is a cure (ie total colectomy) where as with severe crohn's that is not the case.
Answered on Jun 7, 2019
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