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Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Can be: Crohn's as well as other colitis entities can be both acute or chronic. Acute colitis is a general term that includes the above but also can include ulcerative colitis, antibiotic associated colitis, ischemic colitis to name a few. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated. ...Read more

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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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Can h. Pylori cause ulcerative colitis?

Can h. Pylori cause ulcerative colitis?

No: It can't. H pylori infects the stomach. The colon is not near the stomach. But many other infections can trigger ulcerative colitis in a genetically susceptible individual. ...Read more

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Does bowel prep cause colitis?

Does bowel prep cause colitis?

No: The inflammation can be aggravated by it but it will not cause a problem. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

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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Whats intestinal malrotation?

Whats intestinal malrotation?

Developmental error: In fetus in initial stages of development all bowel is out side like a garden house, as abdominal wall develops it returns back in side in a systemic patron get rearranged by a series of steps, ( called rotation ) partial failure , like bands ( lad's ) etc called partial malrotation will cause obstruction of bowel in new born or later stages of life.Yes treatable by surgery. ...Read more

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What are/is ulcerative colitis?

Inflammatory : Condition of unknown cause that causes cramps, diarrhea sometimes bloody, and GI absorption problems. Treatment requires anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes even surgery. Complicated issue that is impossible to discuss in limited space here. ...Read more

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Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people. ...Read more

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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more

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What is ulcerative colitis?

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis: UC is a autoimmune type disease in which there is an inflammatory response against the patients own cells of the colon. Common symptoms include pain, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and can lead to colon cancer. The disease requires treatment with medication and can also end up needing to be treated with surgery. ...Read more

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What is Crohn's colitis?

CD affecting colon: Colitis: inflammation of the colon. Lots of types including infectious, ischemic (poor blood flow), and inflammatory bowel disease-ibd. Ibd is of unknown cause, likely genetic predisposition, chronic, wax and wane. Ulcerative colitis (uc) affects inner lining of colon, starts in rectum. Crohn's disease (cd) is full thickness infl of bowel, mostly ileum, and/or colon, can skip segments of bowel. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...Read more

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Can IBS cause stomach polyps, gastritis and duodenitis?

Can IBS cause stomach polyps, gastritis and duodenitis?

The simple: Answer is no! ibs is a physiological problem and does not by itself cause any of the above problems. ...Read more

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Can IBS be mistaken for ulcerative colitis?

Yes, on physical: Exam alone. Colonoscopy will almost always differentiate between the two. Consult a GI specialist for specific recommendation re: when you need to have this test. ...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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Can ulcerative colitis also cause constipation?

Short answer?: Yes. If you have further questions that you would like to ask either in a live virtual consult or by way of inbox consultation please write me at WWW. Healthtap.com/DRSAGHAFI ...Read more

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I'm having pain in my intestine (i asume) right after i defecate. I have colitis and it happens mostly at night. Is there something i could do?

I'm having pain in my intestine (i asume) right after i defecate. I have colitis and it happens mostly at night. Is there something i could do?

See a GI doctor: Colitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and can be associated with diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and blood in the stool. There are several causes of colitis. It is not possible to make a diagnosis of colitis with the symptoms you describe. There are other reasons for such discomfort, including irritable bowel syndrome, enteritis (small intestinal inflammation), gastritis. ...Read more

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My stomach and intestinal tract hurts and burns all the time. Could it be ulcertive colitis?

My stomach and intestinal tract hurts and burns all the time. Could it be ulcertive colitis?

GI burning: There is no report of ct scan? You are using prilosec. Good. Avoid advil (ibuprofen). You need egd & colonoscopy to find out the cause of burning and have GI consult. Thanks. ...Read more

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Colitis problems as a kid; now 25 & often have pain with stools and blood on tissue paper (from outside of anus, not intestine). Any Recommendations?

Colitis problems as a kid; now 25 & often have pain with stools and blood on tissue paper (from outside of anus, not intestine). Any Recommendations?

Irritable bowel: Your symptoms are suggesting irritable bowel with possible external hemorrhoids/ fissure. Early mild inflammatory disease cannot be ruled out yet, but if your symptoms worsen do mention them to your physician. Try to stay well hydrated, exercise daily, avoid constipation as much as possible. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Depends: Ulcerative colitis can affect the terminal ileum and if that is the only part of small intestine affected, there is no need to invoke a second disease. This should best be discussed with your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more

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Can I request a fecal transplant from my doctor for non-C. difficile intestinal issues? Recent studies showing great success in IBS/ulcerative colitis patients. Wouldn't hurt to try it?

Can I request a fecal transplant from my doctor for non-C. difficile intestinal issues? Recent studies showing great success in IBS/ulcerative colitis patients. Wouldn't hurt to try it?

Careful...: This is a great treatment option for some, but is not a cure all.There is much we do not yet understand about the bacterial gardens contained within each of us.We do know that changing the makeup of our intestinal micro biome can have consequences both good and bad.For instance, there is some data that fecal transplants from obese patients increases your chance of becoming obese. Food for thought. ...Read more

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I have rectal pain after bowel moments and its easing after a secretion come out from there. Is it colitis?

I have rectal pain after bowel moments and its easing after a secretion come out from there. Is it colitis?

Could be abscess : This could be an abscess. Fever, pain, increased drainage are other signs. If this worsens, it may require a procedure to open it up and allow it to drain. The other likely possibility is thrombosed hemorrhoid. If the drainage was bloody or dark red, this is more likely. If it was tan or brownish, abscess is more likely. Should probably see your primary care doctor about this. ...Read more

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Does bowel prep cause colitis?

No: The inflammation can be aggravated by it but it will not cause a problem. ...Read more

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Can you request a large bowel removal for a better quality of life. I have Crohn's and pan-colitis entire colon effected no Crohn's in s-bowel ?

Can you request a large bowel removal for a better quality of life. I have Crohn's and pan-colitis entire colon effected no Crohn's  in s-bowel ?

Crohns: Yes you can have a this is a complex decision to be made in coordination with your gastroenterologist and surgeon. The problem with colectomy in crohns disease is the fact that the disease can then affect your small intestine resulting in shortgut syndrome and the inability to absorb nutrients and water properly. Please talk this over with your gastrologist and seek a surgical opinion from a colorectal specialist. ...Read more

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Could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

Potentially: There is no absolute time limit that can stay on this medication. If you find that it is helping with your ibs symptoms and you don't experience any side effects, your doctor may recommend that you maintain this therapy for the long term. Please note that ibs and colitis are not the same thing. While Amitriptyline has been used with some success in ibs, it does not treat colitis. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

With supervision: The key is to have amitryptiline supervised by your doc. He/she will need to potentially monitor your heart rhythm and to counsel you against the potential side effects of the medication, which can include constipation, dry mouth, and dry eyes. However, if it is working, then it is potentially a good long-term medication. If it is not helping after 3 months, you should stop it. ...Read more

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Can amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis? Need expert opinions!

IBS: Amitriptyline has strong anti-cholingeric effects and is not recommended particularly someone who has constipating form of IBS. The Amitriptyline would cause the bowels to slow. Why are you taking this medication anyways? Possibly there is better natural alternative. ...Read more

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For how long should I avoid black and strong ground roast coffee prepared in a french press if I have colitis/irritable bowel syndrome?

I would stay: Away from such sources as caffeine in either case as it increases acid production and dehydrates, leading to constipation and potentially worsening your symptoms. That being said colitis and irritable bowel are 2 completely different entities! they are not synonymous. Make sure your diagnosis is clearto you and your doctor. ...Read more

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