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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more


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What is done for ulcerative colitis?

What is done for ulcerative colitis?

Medications surgery: The mainstay of treatment is medical, however a small proportion of very sick patients end up needing a colectomy (removal of the colon). Medication regimen inlcudes a Mesalamine product (such as asacol), immunosuppresants (6mp, immuran), biologic agents (remicade, humira). Prednisone is used as little as possible and only to control acute flares.

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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.

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How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

Symptoms and : Via colonoscopy. Biopsies will be taken during the procedure and interpretation by a pathologist and may show characteristics of ulcerative colitis. Some additional lab work or imaging may be done as well.

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How can ulcerative colitis be treated?

How can ulcerative colitis be treated?

Ulcerative colitis: Initial treatment of ulcerative colitis involves medications similar to Aspirin which work to reduce the inflammation of the colon. For acute episodes steroids may also be used. For patients who do not respond to medical treatment or develop intestinal obstruction, rupture, uncontrollable bleeding, or severe infection, surgery may be needed.

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What are tests for ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis can be relatively easy to diagnose because it normally affects only the colon and rectum and usually causes an obvious change in daily bowel habits, such as frequent stools containing blood or mucus. Your doctor will conduct a medical history and physical exam before doing other tests.

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How can you die for ulcerative colitis?

How can you die for ulcerative colitis?

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.

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What are symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

Bloody diarrhea: Symptoms can vary widely. They can include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, weight loss, rectal urgency and generalized malaise. This can be a difficult diagnosis to make. You need a colonoscopy and biopsies to make the diagnosis. If you are having these symptoms please see your physician.

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Would serovera help ulcerative colitis?

Probably not: Many holistic therapies have been tried for uc, some with success. It probably wouldn't hurt so give it a try. Give it a week or two, if no improvement, save your money. Usual rx is 5-asa compounds. See a good gastroenterologist.

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Is it likely I have ulcerative colitis?

I assume: you are having bloody diarrhea? There are various other causes besides ulcerative colitis. No way to tell based on limited info. Best course is to see a gastroenterologist for further evaluation. If this is acute bloody diarrhea, go to the ER.

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What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

Abdominal pain: Multiple lose stools over 8 per day, bloody stools, joint pains, visual problems, skin ulcerations, weakness, loss of appetite, lethargy among many others. However these can also be symptoms of other diseases as well, so see your doctor and be sure to give all your symptoms along with the duration of symptoms.

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I have ulcerative colitis, need help please?

I have ulcerative colitis, need help please?

See below: Have a GI doctor who follows you regularly. Chronic disease as well as acute attacks are usually managed with medications. Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse as well as nsaids (e.g. Ibuprofen - they increase your risk of bleeding). You will need surveillance colonoscopies because ulcerative colitis increases risk of developing colon cancer. The disease can be cured by surgery (last resort).

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What happens when you ignore ulcerative colitis?

What happens when you ignore ulcerative colitis?

Ignoring: Ignoring colitis is not a good idea. It may progress, become refractory to medication, and require surgical removal of the colon (colectomy). Uncontrolled inflammation over time can also increase your risk of developing colon cancer.

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Is it possible for you to die from ulcerative colitis?

Not commonly: But anything is possible. In rare cases, toxic megacolon can result, and this could be fatal.

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What are the differences between colitis and ulcerative colitis?

What are the differences between colitis and ulcerative colitis?

Colitis: colitis is a general term for inflammation of the colon. There are hundreds of potential reasons for colitis, with ulcerative colitis (UC) being one of them. UC is a specific disease entity of its own, and it is only one example of a type of colitis. If you have UC, follow up with your gastroenterologist carefully. Good luck.

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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.

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What is worse: chrons / ulcerative colitis?

Depends: Really depends on the severity, but the benefit with uc in severe cases there is a cure (ie total colectomy) where as with severe crohn's that is not the case.

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What is ulcerative colitis and possibly chrons?

Colon Inflammation : Both ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease are inflammation of the colon .. And small intestine for crohn's. Rectal bleeding, diarrhea, cramps, and pain are common some cases are mild and some devastating. It is important to find a doctor who specializes in treating these disease. Medicines help significantly ... However, some patients will require surgery. .... All the best, peter wilk, md.

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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