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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)

A condition in which the large intestine (the colon) ...Read more


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What causes ulcertive colitis?

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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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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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 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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...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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Treatment for mezalazine-resistant ulcerative colitis?

Several : There are several new agents such as remicaid that may be used. Surgery is also a good option for ulcerative colitis. Fecal transplant has also been reported to be effective. You should discuss these options with your doctor. ...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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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 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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How are some ways you can get flare ups of ulcertive colitis?

How are some ways you can get flare ups of ulcertive colitis?

Several ways: First of all, not taking medications. Secondly, increased levels of stress/not getting enough sleep may also make your symptoms worse. Also additional causes of flares could be due to intestinal infections (C. difficile for example especially if you are immunosuppressive medications). ...Read more

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What is a more serious disease. Chrons or ulcertive colitis?

Depends on: Extent of disease, but in general ulcerative colitis is easier to control. Best to ask your doctor about your specific condition. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for ibd or ulcertive colitis?

What is a good diet for ibd or ulcertive colitis?

Diet IBD: Best is to avoid seeds such as sunflower seeds etc. you should also avoid a lot of fiber as well. Fish oil , omega three and flax seed oil is usually helpful ...Read more

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I have ulcertive colitis uc diag. In 2001. Cscopy showed flareup and proctitis in 2010. Cscopy 2013 showed no uc but proct. Can uc disappear?

I have ulcertive colitis uc diag. In 2001. Cscopy showed flareup and proctitis in 2010. Cscopy 2013 showed no uc but proct. Can uc disappear?

No: The disease will not disappear, but the symptoms and inflammation can subside and be controlled. It sounds like your symptoms are well controlled, this is a good thing. After 10 years with uc, make sure you continue with colonoscopy every 1-2 years. ...Read more

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Can colitis cause pain in ur hip...Have had xrays, MRI and they was fine but the dr think it may be from my ulcertive colitis?

Can colitis cause pain in ur hip...Have had xrays, MRI and they was fine but the dr think it may be from my ulcertive colitis?

Colitis does this: Ulcerative colitis, one of the inflammatory bowel diseases (ibd) along with crohn's disease, predominantly causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. However, when the colitis or crohn's is active, extra-intestinal manifestations can arise - this means the inflmmatory bowel disease affects parts of the body outside the GI tract. Joint pain is the most common extra-intestinal manifestation of ibd. ...Read more

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Can antibiotic caused ulcertive colitis be cured thru natural remedies?

Yes and No: Ulcerative colitis is not caused by antibiotics. Clostridium difficile pseudomembraneous colitis is caused by antibiotics altering the bowel flora and allowing overgrowth of toxin producing c.Difficile. Oral vancomycin or Flagyl to kill off the c.Difficile is the main treatment. Probiotics such as vsl#3 (10 cups of yogert bacteria in 1 capsule) or flora-stor (saccromyces boulardii) can help. ...Read more

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Anion gap is 2 in a seven year old boy. His IGG was 107. He was diagnosed with ulcertive colitis several years ago. Should I be concerned?

IgG 107: IgG level appears to be low and that itself may predispose one to an autoimmune disease like UC. On the other hand, immunodeficiency may be associated with inflammatory bowel disease or unusual infection or parasitic invasion in the bowel. I would recommend that you contact an immunologist to get a good workup. ...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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What is colitis?

A generic: Term for inflammation in the colon, better known as the large intestine. ...Read more

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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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How do you cure colitis?

Need more info: Without knowing more about the type of colitis you have been diagnosed with, it's difficult to better guide you. If you can be more specific about what type of colitis you have we can better guide you. Know that some forms of colitis can't be cured but rather controlled in the long run. ...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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Can you die from colitus?

Yes: Fulminant colitis from whatever cause can lead to death from sepsis in the untreated scenerio. Ulcerative colitis can lead to colon cancer over time. C. Diff colitis causes overwhelming infections occasionally in critically ill patients. Colitis requires a thorough examination with colonoscopy and biopsies for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more