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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

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


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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...Read more

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Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

UC: Question as to which is more serious, Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis, misses the point that these are different intensities of disorder along a spectrum of manifestation wherein intestinal smooth muscle function is hyperdynamic due to neurologic autonomic system impingement & over-stimulation. Ulcerative Colitis represents greater intensity of these dysfunctions; involving inflammation & bleeding. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative collitis be a genetic disease? Explain.

Can ulcerative collitis be a genetic disease? Explain.

Yes but complex: There are potentially hundreds of genes that all contribute small amounts the the susceptibility to ulcerative colitis. Additionally there are environmental factors. So there are no good "genetic tests" to determining whether you have it. The best thing to do is to see a gastroenterologist for chronic pain, diarrhea, or blood in the stool and they will do the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes: Remember , IBS is a syndrome that is characterized by symptoms, although there are some anatomical changes in these patients colons that have been identified. There is not a causative relationship between these two disorders. A person with undiagnosed chron's may have symptoms identical to ibs. Likewise, a person with IBS could also develop chron's. ...Read more

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Is inflammatory bowel disease an inherited condition?

Is inflammatory bowel disease an inherited condition?

Sometimes: There are genetic factors to inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) and individuals with a first degree family member with ibd have a higher risk of developing ibd in their lifetime. The overall risk is still fairly low (in the 10% range). ...Read more

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

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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Is ibs(irritable bowel syndrome) a true medical condition ?

Is ibs(irritable bowel syndrome) a true medical condition ?

Yes.: In ibs, the bowel looks normal, even under the microscope. But it reacts to stimuli differently than normal bowel does. For instance, distention that does not cause pain in a normal bowel can cause a great deal of pain in someone with ibs. There is ongoing research on this. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Generally yes: Inflammatory bowel disease (crohns and ulcerative colitis) are generally considered to be chronic diseases and generally require lifelong treatment. The disease can become less active over time and ultimately some patients may be able to stop therapy. Some crohn's disease is very mild and patients will go for years before seeking treatment. ...Read more

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Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Terminology: Ulcerative colitis is different from colitis caused by C diff. The etiology of ulcerative colitis is not know. Both diseases can affect the whole colon and cause ulcers, however the cause and treatment for the two are different. ...Read more

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Would ulcerative colitis be an autoimmune disorder?

Yes: Ulcerative Colitis is classified and treated like an autoimmune disease but is not completely understood. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000250.htm ...Read more

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Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

Ulcerative colitis: Is not. However proctitis or colitis caused by bacteria especially clostridia difficile can be very contagious as can other forms of infectious colitis. Use good hand hygiene and be sure to not contact stool or underclothes and get a correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Are fecal transplants beneficial in treating ulcerative colitis?

Are fecal transplants beneficial in treating ulcerative colitis?

Possibly: They help reduce inflammation by repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria that are immune modulators. It's still in the research stage for UC, so most GIs don't offer it. Some kits with instructions are available on the internet. Try Probonix probiotic, vit D3 10k IU/day and autoimmune paleo diet until you can find more on fecal transplant. ...Read more

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Can chrons disease be confused with diverticular disease ?

Can chrons disease be confused with diverticular disease
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It's Possible: Crohn's disease may affect any part of the intestinal tract (mouth-to-anus) whereas diverticulitis usually affects the sigmoid colon. However, both cause inflammation that may be difficult to differentiate by ct scan alone. Colonoscopy and pathology evaluation should aid in the differentiation, as well as one's personal history. ...Read more

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How is inflammatory bowel disease cured?

How is inflammatory bowel disease cured?

Cure for IBD?: Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colonic mucosal surface, so colectomy (removal of the colon) is curative for it. Crohn's disease however is a transmural (full-thickness) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Crohn's is not curable, but it is controllable with medications (see my previous healthtap answer regarding "step up" versus "top down" treatments. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is distal colitis?

Bleeding: Inflammation of colon involving only the lower portion. Symptoms include bleeding, diarrhea and pain. ...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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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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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 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 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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Would ulcerative colitis be an autoimmune disorder?

Yes: Ulcerative Colitis is classified and treated like an autoimmune disease but is not completely understood. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000250.htm ...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 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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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?

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?

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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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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 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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