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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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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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Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

They can be, but...: ...unless you get tested & appropriately treated there's no diagnosis. At this point, while ulcerative colitis is in the differential, there are many other possibilities to consider that present with the symptoms you describe. Please see your doctor now. ...Read more

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

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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Is colitis in your colon the same as crones disease?

Is colitis in your colon the same as crones disease?

No: Colitis = inflammation of the colon. It is a condition, a disease state that can be seen with infection, medication, trauma, neoplasm and a number of autoimmune problem such as crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is not restricted to just your 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 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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How noticeable are surgery scars from chron's disease or ulceractive colitis?

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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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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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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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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