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Once someone has been treated for radiation colitis is it necessary to be treated again ? Symptoms from it have reappeared after 5 years.

Once someone has been treated for radiation colitis is it necessary to be treated again ? Symptoms from it have reappeared after 5 years.

Yes: Radiation enteritis can presents with long and short term complications up to 30 years following initial exposure. Cellular changes, includes submucosal fibrosis, vasculitis (arteritis, veno-occlusive diseases), thrombosis, tissue necrosis resulting can occur as long term complications of acute radiation injury. ...Read more

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What's the fastest treatment for chronic radiation colitis?

What's the fastest treatment for chronic radiation colitis?

Fastest or best?: Once present there are not any perfect treatments. Oral steroids may help for severe flares but long term success is limited. Removing the colon is the only true cure of colitis. Other than that treatment of symptoms is all that can be done. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cause colitis?

Can radiation therapy cause colitis?

Yes: This is inflammation of the bowel lining. This can be a result of radiation or chemotherapy. But this inflammation can also be infectious or autoimmune as well. If its radiation caused it has to be by radiation aimed at the bowel and can be treated with diet and drugs. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy contribute to my colitis?

Can radiation therapy contribute to my colitis?

Yes : Please see my answer to a very related question. This transient symptom can be managed with medication if severe. ...Read more

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Is colitis painful?

Is colitis painful?

Usually but depends: Colitis is a general term, and there are many different types. Pain is a common symptom in many of them. ...Read more

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What is focal colitis?

Tummy Ache: Focal colitis is a general term for inflammation of a particular area of colon. Usually this is caused by food-borne illness or inflammatory bowel disease (like crohn's disease). Very rarely serious pathology like mesenteric ischemia can show a focal colitis but you would be extremely ill. Typically a colitis will resolve on its own, but can occasionally need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you die from colitis?

Can you die from colitis?

Possible: Most colitis is treatable provided you don't let it go too far. Two types are particularly dangerous: ischemic colitis and c. Difficile colitis. Ulcerative colitis is particularly challenging but usually not immediately life threatening. ...Read more

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Is colitis common in the us?

Is colitis common in the us?

Depends: There are many types of "colitis'; it is not uncommon for patients with bowel or abdominal problems to be advised that they have some type of 'colitis', although it may not necessarily be a serious 'disease'. ...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 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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

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