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Doctor insights on: Handling Distal Colitis Condition

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Dr. John Landi
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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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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 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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Colitis is inflammation or infection of ...Read more