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Can You Die From Colitis
Well,technically yes: ..But that would be fantastically rare. Especially in a non-emergent situation, removal of all or part of the colon should not be that taxing, and the risks of surgical demise would be minuscule. Now, in the extreme elderly or in folks with multiple co-morbidities, or an emergent situation, such as toxic megacolon, the risk of death would be higher , but still low. Good luck. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colitis and death: Colitis - inflammation of the colon - can be caused by many different things including ischemea (inadequate blood supply). Rarely this cause leads to severe bleeding and sudden death. Infections, ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease can cause many symptoms but rarely result direclty in death (uc is associated with cancer, however). Bleeding can occur without colitis and this can (rarely) be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i under go ulcerative colitis surgery can I die and what's the percentage of a surgey to success.
Any surgery has risk: Chances are if you need uc surgery it is because of: poor response to medical therapy, acute decompensation, and/or risk for cancer. Normal kidney, lung, heart, liver function then the risks are well worth taking. If surgery is for rx of life-threatening problems, then you have little choice. Talk w/gi md, surgeon, at length. Get info from ccfa.Org (crohn's and colitis foundation of america). ...Read more
Tummy Ache: Focal colitis is a general term for inflammation of a particular area of colon. Usually this is caused by food-borne illness or inflammatory bowel disease (like crohn's disease). Very rarely serious pathology like mesenteric ischemia can show a focal colitis but you would be extremely ill. Typically a colitis will resolve on its own, but can occasionally need antibiotics. ...Read more
Need more info: Without knowing more about the type of colitis you have been diagnosed with, it's difficult to better guide you. If you can be more specific about what type of colitis you have we can better guide you. Know that some forms of colitis can't be cured but rather controlled in the long run. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ongoing irritation: Ulcerative colitis is inflammation of large intestine. It is an autoimmune condition, usually triggered by unhealthy lifestyle in genetically susceptible people. Avoiding grains, lentils, milk products, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes help heal the intestine by reducing inflammation. Probonox probitic, vit D3, eating meats, veggies help. For more info, check this: http://www.cdc.gov/ibd/index.htm ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: Depends on type of colitis (infectious, inflammatory, ischemic), location of disease (rectum, left sided, entire colon), duration of disease and other meds that have been tried in the past. See a gastroenterologist or head to a tertiary center for a second opinion if you are not improving on current therapy and you have communicated this with your md. There are good therapies, assuming ibd cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: Technically, colitis is a general term for inflammation of the colon. This can include infectious as well as idiopathic such as ulcerative colitis, and crohns , and can also include ischemic and drug related causes. Colitis is non specific and making the correct diagnosis of the above will determine the proper treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colonoscopy: Colitis is an inflammation of the lower bowel. A direct visualization of the tissue lining the bowel is the most precise way to make the diagnosis. The patient is sedated and a colonoscope is inserted into the lower bowel to examine the tissue. A biopsy may be done during the procedure. ...Read more
Many things: Acute means new or sudden onset. Colitis can come from many things: infectious, ischemic, ulcerative, crohn's, etc. Each type of colitis may be treated differently depending on its cause. Needs a complete medical evaluation with their doctor to determine the best coarse of treatment. ...Read more
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