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What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

Genes+environment : A combination of genetic predisposion (for example crohn's is more common in ashkenazi jews), life events (eg appendectomy increases one and decreases the other), and environmental influences (eg smoking increases crohn's and decreases severity of uc...). Bet you didn't expect the latter! as knowledge increases more precise factors are identified. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

Ulcerative colitis (ul-sur-uh-tiv koe-lie-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs ...Read more


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Is ulcerative colitis treated differently when the cause of the disease is different? If so what are the options?

Is ulcerative colitis treated differently when the cause of the disease is different?  If so what are the options?

No: We in the medical community do not know the exact cause of uc. It is an autoimmune/inflammatory process that attacks the colon. Treatment is aimed at reducing inflammation with medications or surgery to remove the colon. Uc patients also require frequent colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer. ...Read more

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I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

Many things: Inflammation in the gastrointestinal system could be caused by undiagnosed infections, parasites or food intolerances. Consider some dietary changes like avoiding dairy and gluten and adding a probiotic daily to see if that is helpful. See your gastroenterologist for further diagnostic testing and evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more

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Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain?any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain?any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Chest/stomach pain: There are several conditions from reflux to ulcer disease to heart attack can all cause these types of symptoms. Lung conditions can also cause this. You should see your primary care physician. General if you are feeling well then it is most likely a stomach vs esophagus issue. If you are feeling bad you should be seen by a doctor immediately to rule out more serious causes. ...Read more

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How are ulcerative colitis and chron's disease distinguished from each other?

How are ulcerative colitis and chron's disease distinguished from each other?

Sometimes they: Overlap. In general, uc is limited to colonic mucosa, whereas crohn's disease can affect any GI organ and involves the entire thickness of the wall of the organ. Definitive treatment of uc is colectomy if medications fail. Treatment of crohn's is more complicated. It is a complicated subject matter that requires more than what can be discussed here. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for ulcerative colitis disease so far?

Messlamines: This is still the most commonly prescribed and safest long-term medication to be used to treat uc. Important to be compliant and remain on them. There are several brands - ask your doctor to see which one is best for you. ...Read more

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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! it isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the disparity between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

Unclear question: If by disparity you mean "the difference between" then: ulcerative colitis affects just the large intestine(colon) and causes bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. The inflammation is superficial on the bowel lining. Crohns causes deep inflammation through the whole bowel wall and affects anywhere in the GI tract from lips to anus.Symptoms of crohns can be more severe and can cause bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

Ulcer is the medical term for erosion of a normal barrier (the lining on top) exposing the surface that is normally beneath this barrier. Ulcers can occurs at sites like the skin, the ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Colitis is inflammation or infection of ...Read more