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Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more


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What are/is ulcerative colitis?

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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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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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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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! it isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's. ...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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Would ulcerative colitis cause peri-anal abscess?

Would ulcerative colitis cause peri-anal abscess?

It can: Many patients with peri-anal and peri-rectal abscess recover fine and never have a recurrence. Some patients develop recurrent abscess, and eventually are also found to have crohns or ulcerative colitis. Hopefully your abscess will be once and over. Both uc and crohns are difficult to diagnose. ...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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Ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis related?

Ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis related?

Yes: Yes there is an association. See this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/primary-sclerosing-cholangitis/ds00918/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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What is ulcerative colitits?

Colonic inflammation: This is an auto-immune inflammation of the colon. It can occur at any age but is more common in teen years and young adult years. It has great variability but the typical symptoms are urgency, frequent trips to the bathroom, blood and mucus in runny stool. It can flare up and be life threatening in some cases. Medication and surgery are available and most have reasonable response. ...Read more

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What are ulcerative colitis symptoms?

Diarrhea: The most common symptoms include diarrhea, hematochezia (blood per rectum) and abdominal pain / cramps. Less common symptoms include constipation, tenesmus, fever, mucus per rectum and weight loss. ...Read more

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What causes ulcertive colitis?

Not yet known: The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not yet known. Certain foods and psychological stress can worsen ulcerative colitis but don't cause it. One possible cause is a problem in one's immune system. When one's immune system tries to fight off a virus or bacterial infection, an abnormal immune reaction can cause the immune system to attack the cells in one's own intestines. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis indicative of cancer?

Is ulcerative colitis indicative of cancer?

Correlation: The presence of IBD is associated to some degree with colon cancer. The longer the duration of disease, greater than 20 yrs ,and the degree of bowel involvement has a correlation with the appearance of a malignancy. The presence of inflammation induces release of cytokines over bowel mucosa that in the presence of factors such as carcinogens in food and viruses induce malignant transformation. ...Read more

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How do "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis" differ?

Colitis: There are many forms and types of colitis, some will resolve on their own. Infectious (bacterial), pseudomembranous, ischemic, crohn's, etc. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of chronic colitis of uncertain cause, diagnosed often by biopsy at colonoscopy. It can be a long term condition needing specific medications to treat & serial colonoscopy to watch the degree of colitis or for dysplasia. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis completely curable?

Yes: With a surgery to remove the colon (colectomy). But it may trade one problem for another, as after colectomy you can explain 4-5 stools per day, waking once or twice at night. ...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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Is ulcerative colitis life threatening?

Is ulcerative colitis life threatening?

Rare: As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from uc. The main cause of death that can be tied to uc would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from uc are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and 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 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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