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What is the difference between colitis disease and diverticulitis?

What is the difference between colitis disease and diverticulitis?

Very different: Colitis is inflammation of the colon. It is commonly seen with inflammatory disease of the colon (ulcerative colitis). Any area of the colon can become inflamed with this. Diverticulosis is having small pockets that poke out of the bowel wall. Diverticulosis is when one of these pockets gets infected or inflamed. This is usually more localized, like in the left sigmoid colon. ...Read more

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Colitis (Definition)

A condition in which the large intestine (the colon) ...Read more


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

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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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

First you: have to get the correct diagnosis. All of the above mentioned maladies are treated differently and have different prognoses. See a GI doctor or Colon and Rectal surgeon to properly evaluate and treat your problem ...Read more

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Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, can you tell me about this?

Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, can you tell me about this?

Quick summary: Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome. It causes chronic abdominal discomfort with changes in bowel movements. Ibd is inflammatory bowel disease, for which ulcerative colitis and crohn's are the two main subtypes. These are characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowel, and can often have diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, fevers, arthritis, vomiting, and (with crohn's) bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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What's the difference between colitis and Crohn's disease? The symptoms seem the same.

What's the difference between colitis and Crohn's disease? The symptoms seem the same.

Ulcerative : Ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease are the two most common inflammatory bowel diseases we see. Even though they can seem similar, they differ in symptoms, affected populations, which parts of the digestive tract they affect, complications and treatments. Below i've linked a web page with many tables that compare the differences between the two. ...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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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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Is ulcerated colitis and Parkinson's disease related so you think? I have both

Is ulcerated colitis and Parkinson's disease related so you think?  I have both

Possibly: There is some data to suggest that the inflammatory response seen in uc may also play a role in pd. However, more data is needed to make that connection. Interestingly, a study in 2012 showed aggregates of a protein known to induce pd was found in the gut of patients getting colonoscopy and did not have pd at the time. Here is the info for that study: movement disorders may 2012 vol.27 #6:709-1. ...Read more

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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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How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

Location for one: It can be difficult to tell between the 2 at times. Location is important. Ulcerative colitis always involves the colon starting with the rectum. Crohns can follow any distribution in the gut and often involves the small intestine, especially the terminal ileum. There are also differences when tissue specimens are viewed under the microscope. There are blood tests which can be helpful too. ...Read more

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What cures ulcerative colitis (or digestive diseases) in the shortest amount of time?

Not known: Exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not known. It happens randomly and not associated with any particular etiologic agent. ...Read more

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How can you get ibd if you don't even have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?

How can you get ibd if you don't even have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?

IBD: Perhaps there is some confusion inflammatory bowel disease(ibd)refers specifically to ulcerative colitis and crohn's diseasr. If a person has been informed that he or she has ibd then the diagnosis is either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. Inflammation in the intestine caused by infection or other causes may mimic ibd & thus not be either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. ...Read more

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I wanted to know the treatment for a stomach disease colitis (in a male of age 48)?

I wanted to know the treatment for a stomach disease colitis (in a male of age 48)?

??: colitis means inflammation of the colon. Stomach colitis does not exist. Stomach inflammation is called gastritis. An acid suppressant (antiacid) can help with this. ...Read more

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What screening test(s) does a gastroenterologist us to determine the diagnosis for colitis and Crohn's disease?

What screening test(s) does a gastroenterologist us to determine the diagnosis for colitis and Crohn's disease?

The first step: is a complete history, physical examination and basic lab tests (Blood Count, Chemistries) There is no BLOOD SCREENING test for these disease. A stool examination may be helpful( testing for occult blood) Routine genetic testing (HLA chromosomes etc) is NOT recomended. The next step for most Gastroenterologists is ENDOSCOPY (Lower and Upper) which can be done in ONE session (painless nowadays) Z ...Read more

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I have Collagenous Colitis, an autoimmune disease currently managed by my GI Doc. Budesonide is the only thing that helps.

??: As you may know, collagenous colitis is characterized by watery diarrhea..You should avoid taking NSAIDS,as doctor probably told you.Diagnosis is by biopsy showing a band of collagen in the submucosa.Not sure what you are asking though???Good luck.I am sure you are in good hands with gastro doctor. ...Read more

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When having burning in stomach, is it possible to have Crohn's disease, colitis ulcerosa or an amoeba or giardia infection with a normal ESR of 3?

Burning in Stomach: Your symptom is so nonspecific. In order to diagnose an illness, physicians need many information on your symptoms to guide us. Once we have clinical suspicion about a possible disease, we have various diagnostic tests to confirm. Please provide more information on your symptoms. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is colitis?

What sort of disease is colitis?

Colon Inflammation: Colitis is the term which refers to inflammation of the large intestine otherwise known as the colon. Colitis can have many causes such as infection, lack of blood flow (ischemic), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, crohn's), etc. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for a chrohn's disease or colitis patient to consume scotch whisky?

Alcohol may irritate: Alcohol may irritate the GI tract in a patient with crohn's and exacerbate symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and GI bleeding. It could also worsen malabsorption which could be a problem for some crohn's patients. Scotch whiskey shouldn't be any worse than other types of alcohol however. ...Read more

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I have the disease ulcerative colitis and I am wondering if pregnancy is possible with this disease?

Yes: Many patients with uc become pregnant with little difficulty, and have an uneventful pregnancy and delivery. Patients who have had abdominal or pelvic surgery do have a lower rate of fertility, but fertility specialists can help. Discuss the options of vaginal delivery vs. C-section with your doctors, especially if you have or are a candidate for a pelvic pouch surgery for your uc. ...Read more

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My colon results show 90% ulcerative colitis and 10% Crohn's disease. Whats the percentage of pouch surgery being successful?

Inflammatory Bowel: I think you should see an experienced functional medicine doctor or integrative medicine doctor in addition to your GI doctor and surgeon. Watch Dr Mark Hyman's YouTube videos on your condition. Also, if you have not changed your diet already, strictly remove gluten and dairy from your diet. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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Will a video colonoscopy completely rule out crohans disease, ulcerative colitis and other ibd. Will it also rule out cancer?

Will a video colonoscopy completely rule out crohans disease, ulcerative colitis  and other ibd. Will it also rule out cancer?

Not all: Colonoscopy will rule out colon cancer , ulcerative colitis , ( early uc in remission may not show the disease ) but not crohn's involving only small bowel only , other ibd some times may not have visible pathology . All of these diseases need biopsy as a proof. ...Read more

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I have a friend who took accutane for a few years. Does this mean hes at high risk of developing ulcerative colitis and/or crohn's disease?

I don't believe it: Studies of epidemiology are fraught with pitfalls; the most recent work that I've seen seems to discredit any link at all. Accutane is powerful medicine and does carry some other risks. Best wishes. http://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/acne-news-3/study-finds-no-tie-between-acne-drug-accutane-and-crohn-s-colitis-673621.html ...Read more

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My wife has ulcerative colitis erosion is threatening disease? Any complications during pregnancy and child health will lead to my wife's health?

My wife has ulcerative colitis erosion is threatening disease? Any complications during pregnancy and child health will lead to my wife's health?

Erosion: These are part of the illness and are not themselves life-threatening. Keep up surveillance and the disease should be manageable and compatible with overall good health and longevity ...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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What's the difference between spastic colon , functional bowel disease , mucous colitis and IBS . How i can now that I am suffering from them ?!

Gastroenterology: You want to know if you have spastic colon, mucus colitis etc. A gastroenterologist can evaluate your stool and if required may perform a study called colonoscopy. Any times the doctor can get a lot of answers by talking to you about your stool habits. ...Read more

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On my CT says: circumferential wall thickening large bowl. Inflammatory bowel disease, infectious colitis among others...What does this means?

On my CT says: circumferential wall thickening large bowl. Inflammatory bowel disease, infectious colitis among others...What does this means?

Imaging studies: These provide information used to determine whether further investigative studies may be necessary based upon your clinical signs and symptoms and lab values. The results of your ct show an abnormality that your doctor may wish to pursue with a colonoscopy or other procedures of their choice. Hope this clears up uneventfully. ...Read more

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What is a more serious disease. Chrons or ulcertive colitis?

Depends on: Extent of disease, but in general ulcerative colitis is easier to control. Best to ask your doctor about your specific condition. ...Read more

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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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Is colitis in your colon the same as crones disease?

No: Crohn's is a specific type of colitis that can affect any part of your GI tract. Ulcerative colitis mainly affects your colon. Colitis is simply a word that means an inflamation of he colon. ...Read more

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What is colitis and how does it differ from crones disease? What are the precribed treatments for both?

What is colitis and how does it differ from crones disease? What are the precribed treatments for both?

Colitis...: ...Is a general term of which crohn's disease is one type. Treatment for crohn's ranges from dietary modification and supplementation to salicylates to steroids to surgical treatment. As for colitis, it depends in the specific underlying cause - infectious causes are generally treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

See below : Ibd usually presents with lots of diarrhea (mucousy, bloody or just loose). Some have bad pain, cramping, nausea, wt loss etc. ...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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How noticeable are surgery scars from chron's disease or ulceractive colitis?

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Depends: There are 2 approaches to complications from uc or crohn's disease - either open or laparoscopic surgery. The approach depends on the urgency, nature of what is to be done and skill of the surgeon. Many elective surgeries can be done laparoscopically, such as partial or subtotal colectomy, segmental resection. If it is an emergency, i.e. Toxic megacolon, obstruction, then open may be required. ...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?

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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