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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more


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Have a lot of pain in sigmoid have suspected colitis. Iv taken 2 tramadol hydrochloride 50mg which has not helped. Can I take co-codamol 8/500mg too?

Have a lot of pain in sigmoid have suspected colitis. Iv taken 2 tramadol hydrochloride 50mg which has not helped. Can I take co-codamol 8/500mg too?

Do not double up: On Tramadol. This greatly increases your risk of having a convulsion. The problem with codamol is constipation. Try to contact your doctor to get specific help for your situation. Sorry you are in pain today. ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed after a colonscopy with mild erythema in sigmoid colon. Infective colitis. What does this mean.?

My mother was diagnosed after a colonscopy with mild erythema in sigmoid colon. Infective colitis. What does this mean.?

Infection: It means the person doing the procedure felt she had an infection that made the lining of her colon red and inflamed. Hopefully, the infection is gone as well as the symptoms and your mom is on the road to healing. Best of health to both of you ...Read more

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Sigmoid polyp removed in colonoscopy. Got 2nd gi's opinion + 2nd scope 3 months later. He saw colitis in sigmoid, but biopsies normal. Both gis diagnosis me w ibs. How am i still bleeding and having fevers?

Sigmoid polyp removed in colonoscopy. Got 2nd gi's opinion + 2nd scope 3 months later. He saw colitis in sigmoid, but biopsies normal. Both gis diagnosis me w ibs. How am i still bleeding and having fevers?

Polyp or colitis: You rarely bleed from ibs, most likely the polyp that was removed is still causing the bleeding or u. Colitis although the bx was normal, it is not unusual to have skip areas in u. Colitis. ...Read more

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Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?

Consider allergy ref: Thanks for your question. Depending on the NSAID allergy, sometimes it can be desensitized through introduction of small amounts initially, then gradual increase in dose under supervision by an allergy specialist. However, would discuss the side effects/risks/benefits with a specialist. ...Read more

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Mild diffuse thickening of rectum and sigmoid colon--suggestive of infective-inflammatory colitis, what to do?

Mild diffuse thickening of rectum and sigmoid colon--suggestive of infective-inflammatory colitis, what to do?

CT scan finding: This sounds like a result from a ct scan. Okay to talk with your doc about this result. Depending on your symptoms, age, and history it may not have much meaning. However, it may need further evaluation, colonoscopy, lab tests, if you have lower colon symptoms, blood in stool, weight loss, change in bowels, fever, pain. Be well. ...Read more

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Had ulcerative colitis for 15 yrs (confirmed by sigmoid and biopsies). Just had 1st colonoscopy, shows granular, loss of vascular pattern and minor ulcers in ascending colon, cecum, sigmoid and colon. Is this UC or chrons?

Had ulcerative colitis for 15 yrs (confirmed by sigmoid and biopsies). Just had 1st colonoscopy, shows granular, loss of vascular pattern and minor ulcers in ascending colon, cecum, sigmoid and colon. Is this UC or chrons?

Ulcerative colitis: All the biopsies from colonoscopy showed inflammatory changes consistent with ulcerative colitis. The later is part of the spectrum of IBD but involves only the mucosal layer of the bowel. Chrons disease is a form of IBD that involves all layers of the bowel and can be recognized on scans of the bowel or deeper layers of bowel on bx. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy showed an area of mild congested mucosa in recto-sigmoid colon. Does it sound like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?

Colonoscopy showed an area of mild congested mucosa in recto-sigmoid colon. Does it sound like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?

Unlikely: Usually this is self-limited and actually often from stress of bowel prep. If they saw anything worrisome, biopsy would give answers. ...Read more

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Can colitis cause similar SX to appendicitis? CT WO contrast showed mild thickenin transverse colon diverticula sigmoid. 9 months on and off RLQ pain.

Can colitis cause similar SX to appendicitis? CT WO contrast showed mild thickenin transverse colon diverticula sigmoid. 9 months on and off RLQ pain.

Yes : Yes certainly the two conditions can be very similar and difficult to tell apart. See a primary care doctor general surgeon or gastroenterologist for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Ct scan showed diverticulitis and sigmoid colon iflamation I'm freaking out the discharge paper said diverticulitis posible colitis and ibd?

Ct scan showed diverticulitis and sigmoid colon iflamation I'm freaking out the discharge paper said diverticulitis posible colitis and ibd?

Unusual: At your age, and common with aging.
You must be symptomatic if you are getting studied.
Diverticula, diverticulosis, then irritation called diverticulitis.
Your doctor will make dietary recommendations, and you may need colonoscopy to be sure no other issues. ...Read more

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Colitis (sigmoid) adverse reaction to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and/or Flagyl, are there alternative courses of treatment that maybe aren't so harsh?

Colitis (sigmoid) adverse reaction to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and/or Flagyl, are there alternative courses of treatment that maybe aren't so harsh?

Depends on cause: Cynthia, if this colitis is due to a bacterium, there are several other alternatives. If it is immune (like IBD/ulcerative colitis), then perhaps you may benefit from mesalamine. ...Read more

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Is colitis painful?

Is colitis painful?

Usually but depends: Colitis is a general term, and there are many 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?

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?

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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What's the upshot of getting colitis?

Depends: If it is just spastic colitis, then it is just that--the irritable bowel. Infectious colitis--antibiotic treatments and you are done.
If you have ulcerative colitis. You have to deal with the disease itself and the risk of colon cancer, which increases over time. If you have severe disease, you may be recommended to have colon removed after 8-10 yrs... It is tough.
Good luck... ...Read more

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What is colitis? No specfics given to me

What is colitis? No specfics given to me

Colitis: Colitis is a broad term used to describe either infection or inflammation of the large intertestine (colon). I know this isn't specific but the type of colitis you have depends on the cause. If you have questions always call your doctors office during normal business hours to get further understanding of your condition. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the signs & symptoms of colitis?

Variable: Can have little or no symptoms. Can have frequent diarrhea with abdominal cramping pains, low grade fever, mucous or bloody mucus from rectum, may get weight loss. ...Read more

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What would happen if you have untreated colitis?

Many things: I assume you are referring to ulcerative colitis. The main concern about active ulcerative colitis is the development of colon cancer. If you have uc, you need to be followed closely by a gastroenterologist with yearly colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How to treat colitis?

Number of meds: There are a number of meds that can be used

Dependent on your age, medical condition, site of involvement, extent of involvement, other meds you are taking, and your response to meds.

This can be addressed by your GI DR, and you should be followed by one. ...Read more

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Is colitis contagious?

Some are: Certain forms of infectious colitis can be directly transmitted from person-to-person due a low number of organisms needed to produce infection (shigellosis, e. Coli o157). Some are more likely to be transmitted from one to another through a vehicle in which the bacteria can grow to higher concentrations (salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis). Some are not transmissible like ulcerative colitis. ...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 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 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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What is colitis/proctitis?

Inflammation: Non-specific inflammation of the colon and rectum respectively. ...Read more

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What is collagenous colitis?

Inflammatory disease: Microscopic colitis is an inflammation of the colon that causes persistent watery diarrhea. The disorder gets its name from the fact that one needs to examine colon tissue under a microscope to identify it.
There are two varieties: collagenous colitis, in which a thick layer of protein/collagen develops in the tissue and lymphocytic colitis, in which white blood cells (lymphocytes) accumulate. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for colitis?

Is there a cure for colitis?

Treatments Yes: Cure for colitis is possible, it all depends on your type of colitis. Colitis is a general terminology for inflammation of the colon. There'd are different types and causes. You need to see a gastroenterologist and ossicle have a colonoscopy after a good history, the they can determine if there is a cure and treatments. ...Read more