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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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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What's the difference between "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis"?

What's the difference between "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis"?

Colon inflammation: "colitis" is defined as inflammation of the colon, which can be subcategorized as infectious (c. Diff, etc), inflammatory (crohn's dz, ulcerative colitis), or ischemic (poor blood supply). Colitis will typically cause (bloody) diarrhea and abdominal pain. Each of these types of colitis have characteristic laboratory, radiographic, and endoscopic differences to help reach the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between eosinophilic colitis and ulcerative colitis?

What is the difference between eosinophilic colitis and ulcerative colitis?

Allergic v. immune: Eosinophils in preponderance suggest "allergy, " so a colitis associated w/ increased eosinophils may be due to a medicine. Ulcerative colitis (uc), however, is an autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease affecting only the colon, with occasional "backwash" ileitis in the distal small intestine. Steroids, methotrexate, imuran, (azathioprine) ; others are for uc... ...Read more

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What is the difference between ulcerative enterocolitis and ulcerative pancolitis?

What is the difference between ulcerative enterocolitis and ulcerative pancolitis?

Enterocolitis: Means inflammation of small intestine and colon, or large intestine. Pancolitis means inflammation of all of colon. Either condition could be serious, so i hope you are under a doctor's care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and regular colitis?

What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and regular colitis?

Colitis is a: general term for inflammation of the colon and can be due to many thing including vascular or blood supply problems, infections and idiopathic meaning not a clear cause. Ulcerative colitis is a very specific term that refers to one of the inflammatory bowel diseases in the colitis category . Diagnosis and management of each form of colitis is quite different as is the prognosis, so may sure your i ...Read more

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What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and pancolitis?

What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and pancolitis?

See below: Pancolitis is just a description of colitis that is affecting the entire colon, & it can come from all types of colitis such as infectious colitis , crohn's colitis, or others. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of colitis or colon inflammation diagnosed by colonoscpoy & biopsy & which might also cause a pancolitis. ...Read more

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What is the association between Crohn's disease and pentasa (mesalamine)?

What is the association between Crohn's disease and pentasa (mesalamine)?

Pentasa (mesalamine): Pentasa (mesalamine) or Mesalamine is one of several medications used to treat crohn's disease. It is designed to reduce the inflammation in the intestine and thus aid in controlling symptoms. ...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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How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or other significant abnormalities found in their GI tract which would explain their symptoms. Crohn's patient have visible inflammation somewhere which can be confirmed with biopsy. Both commonly have abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the differences between colitis and ulcerative colitis?

Colitis: colitis is a general term for inflammation of the colon. There are hundreds of potential reasons for colitis, with ulcerative colitis (UC) being one of them. UC is a specific disease entity of its own, and it is only one example of a type of colitis. If you have UC, follow up with your gastroenterologist carefully. Good luck. ...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 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 is a connection between appendicitis and Crohn's disease?

What is a connection between appendicitis and Crohn's disease?

No connection: Crohn disease affects any part(s) of gastrointstinal tract, mouth to anus including appendix. The abdominal pain associated with crohn disease can be severe enough to simulate acute appendicitis. ...Read more

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

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

Many possibilities: There are many potential symptoms: weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency, fatigue, blood in the stool, arthritis, fever. Any of these could be symptoms. Its a tricky disease unfortunately. ...Read more

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Whats the difference in tests for ulcerative vs chron's disease?

Whats the difference in tests for ulcerative vs chron's disease?

Same work up!: Often the work up is the same. Based on symptoms colonoscopy is used and often times ct scans and other gastrointestinal imaging such as small bowel series and capsule endoscopy are used as well. Some physicians will order blood tests to try to determine whether it is crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Often the symptoms are the most important factor in deciding whether it is crohn's disease. ...Read more

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What is the difference between celiac disease and ibs?

What is the difference between celiac disease and ibs?

Celiac vs IBS: Celiac is an autoimmune disease (not a food allergy) where the IgA antibody is directed against the cells that break down gluten...So u become intolerant. Ibs is a wastebasket term when there are GI related issues (diarrhea, bloating, etc.) that does not have a true clinical diagnosis based on looking for other GI diseases. ...Read more

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How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

Symptoms and : Via colonoscopy. Biopsies will be taken during the procedure and interpretation by a pathologist and may show characteristics of ulcerative colitis. Some additional lab work or imaging may be done as well. ...Read more

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Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Crohn's is: A type of inflammatory bowel disease as is ulcerative colitis. These are the two most common and there is a spectrum of diseases between the two with characteristics of both. Check with a good gastroenterologist. Treatments can be variable. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

No: These are two completely separate conditions although one patient can have both diagnoses at some point in time. It is very important to have a colonoscopy and GI/surgical evaluation to make the correct diagnosis as the treatments (medical and surgical) are very different. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining ...Read more