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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Distal Colitis (Definition)

Distal colitis is a type of ulcerative colitis that only affects the final regions of the gastrointestinal tract, namely the rectum and distal colon, and causes episodes of ...Read more


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What distal colitis is?

Proctitis: Or left sided colitis involving only the rectum or left side of the colon is usually a a less severe form of inflammatory bowel disease and may be self limitted and not lifelong. On the other hand it may rpogress with time to involve a larger portio of the colon. It usually carries a lower potential for developing colon cancer than universal colitis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for distal colitis?

Enemas: Rectal enemas with Mesalamine (an aspirin-like compound) or steroids can be very effective; oral medications are also effective; the combination of oral and rectal treatments seems to be the most reliable for symptom control. ...Read more

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I have ulcerative colitis, I have recently had a gastro bug and wanted go know if this could have have any affect on the condition?

I have ulcerative colitis, I have recently had a gastro bug and wanted go know if this could have have any affect on the condition?

Perhaps: Occasionally infections can trigger a flare of ulcerative colitis. But if you're otherwise feeling well with normal blood and stool testing, there is little need to consider changing your treatment. ...Read more

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Any advice on how to gain weight when I have ulcerative colitis and fast metabolism? I also have to watch what i eat due to my condition.

Any advice on how to gain weight when I have ulcerative colitis and  fast metabolism?   I also have to watch what i eat due to my condition.

Control disease: The most important thing you can do is make sure your bowel disease is well controlled with medicine so that your metabolism slows down. A well balanced diet, three meals per day, higher in protein and good fats will help--nuts, avocado, sesame seeds, tofu, beans, animal protein, fish will all help. ...Read more

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Is acutane safe to use if you have colitis? I will be monitored by gi, my dermatologist assures me he's done this before and no one has gotten sick even if they already have a pre-existing condition.

Likely: While Accutane may cause colitis and generalized inflammation of the GI tract, it does not necessarily cause an exacerbation of an underlying colitis condition; so, given that you are under the supervision of two competent physicians, this is a safe situation;. ...Read more

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Well my sister was diagnosed for ulcerative colitis and she is taking Asacol. can asacol return the membrane to its normal condition?

Well my sister was diagnosed for ulcerative colitis and she is taking Asacol. can asacol return the membrane to its normal condition?

Short answer:No: Asacol (other names in US but are meselamine long acting.Asacol available from Canada under other names) will turn the inflammn. to "quiescent"but not normal.If only in left colon there is no risk of colon cancer in future.If in entire colon(pancolitis):after 10 years annual colonoscopy & 4 quadrant biopsy every 10cms to check for dysplasia.Important to keep taking meselamine even if no symptoms. ...Read more

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Hello i have microscopic colitis. Does this make me more predisposed to gastric or colon cancer? What causes this condition?

No: There is no relationship or increased risk of cancer. The cause is unknown but can be associated with certain drugs. Your gastroenterologist hould also exclude celiac disease as microscopic colitis can be seen in this condition too. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Colitis is inflammation or infection of ...Read more