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What causes ulcerative colitis? Is it contagious?

Autoimmune: Uc or ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder which typically responds to steroids and other immune modulators as imuran (azathioprine). It is not contagious. Complete proctocolectomy with ilioanal j-pouch pull-through "cures" the disease, though backwash ileitis is a common finding on colonoscopy... ...Read more

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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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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Can ulcerative colitis cause headaches?

Can ulcerative colitis cause headaches?

In severe cases only: It is not a common symptom of ulcerative colitis. But in severe cases it can cause fever and can have associated headache. But only in severe cases of Ul erative colitis ...Read more

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What is the cause of chrons vs ulcerative colitis?

What is the cause of chrons vs ulcerative colitis?

Genetic: Current belief that these are both genetic diseases related to immune modulation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the bleeding in ulcerative colitis?

Ulcers in colon: As the name indicates this condition leads to ulcers in the colon which can cause signficant bleeding with stool. ...Read more

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What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

Genes+environment: A combination of genetic predisposion (for example Crohn's is more common in ashkenazi jews), life events (eg appendectomy increases one and decreases the other), and environmental influences (eg smoking increases Crohn's and decreases severity of uc...). Bet you didn't expect the latter! As knowledge increases more precise factors are identified. ...Read more

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Is Ulcerative Colitis caused by Isotretinion Capsules (MOST LIKELY) permanent or temporary?

Is Ulcerative Colitis caused by Isotretinion Capsules (MOST LIKELY) permanent or temporary?

No correlation w/UC: Isotretinoin is NOT associated with increased ulcerative colitis risk, per recent meta-analysis. The literature is however discrepant with regard to risk of Crohn's disease with this acne treatment. See: American Journal of Gastroenterology. ...Read more

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Is there any chance that the E.histolytica that cause ulcerative colitis to return after taking antiamoebic drug? Could the fsat food be a cuse of it?

Is there any chance that the E.histolytica that cause ulcerative colitis to return after taking antiamoebic drug? Could the fsat food be a cuse of it?

Let's clarify: Entamoeba histolytica doesn't cause ulcerative colitis but it can mimic it. It can return whenever you're re-exposed or if the Rx didn't kill all the organisms. "Fast food" isn't the cause of ulcerative colitis. You need to find out what you've got -- especially if it's true ulcerative colitis, being a well-educated patient is key to getting a good outcome. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read more

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Which problems can ulcerative colitis cause later in life?

THe same as: In the younger years. Pain, bleeding, anemia, dehydtation, obstruction perforation. All of this are less well tolerated as we get into the older age groups. Properly treated and controlled ulcerative colitis in remission, does not increase your problems in the future. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis treated differently when the cause of the disease is different? If so what are the options?

Is ulcerative colitis treated differently when the cause of the disease is different? If so what are the options?

No: We in the medical community do not know the exact cause of uc. It is an autoimmune/inflammatory process that attacks the colon. Treatment is aimed at reducing inflammation with medications or surgery to remove the colon. Uc patients also require frequent colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does ulcerative colitis always cause a need to go to the restroom or does the feeling of need to go come and go each week?

Variable: Symtpoms will vary sepending on how well the disease is currently controlled. In the long term average bathroom visit of at least 3 times a day are the norm and higher rates are common. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis cause back pain?

Can ulcerative colitis cause back pain?

Yes: Some time back pain is the first sign of ulcerative colitis which it is auto immune disease could effect the joint between the vertebra.. ...Read more

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Why does ulcerative colitis cause bloating?

Why does ulcerative colitis cause bloating?

Bloating: Ulcerative colitis, when in an active inflammatory state usually causes diarrhea often with the passage of bloody stools. Bloating will occur if the colon motility slows down with resulting slowing of propulsion of feces and intestinal gas. There is a complication called toxic megacolon where the colon actually becomes paralyzed and develops life threatening distension and is a medical emergency. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis also cause constipation?

Short answer?: Yes. If you have further questions that you would like to ask either in a live virtual consult or by way of inbox consultation please write me at WWW. Healthtap. Com/DRSAGHAFI ...Read more

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Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Terminology: Ulcerative colitis is different from colitis caused by C diff. The etiology of ulcerative colitis is not know. Both diseases can affect the whole colon and cause ulcers, however the cause and treatment for the two are different. ...Read more

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Can taking Accutane cause ulcerative colitis or chron's in offspring?

No: There were previous studies showing a questionable link between these conditions, but they were all small and questionable, leaving the question very open.

However, a very large study reported in 2013 involving 45, 000 women shows no link between Accutane and ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease.

No study has ever reported ulcerative colitis or crohn's in offspring. ...Read more

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Why does ulcerative colitis cause bleeding only in the morning? Rest of the day is fine.

Why does ulcerative colitis cause bleeding only in the morning? Rest of the day is fine.

Can bleed anytime: Most of the people move their bowels in morning, movement of colon (mass peristalsis) causes the bleeding, . ...Read more

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Is it the active inflammation that causes dysplasia in ulcerative colitis or are there other contributing factors?

Yes: Yes, the unchecked inflammation in the colon over many years leads to the dysplasia seen with ulcerative colitis. The best way to minimize this risk is to make sure your colon is healed on the medications you are taken. This is done through colonoscopy with biopsies.
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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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Why does ulcerative colitis cause constipation in some patients?

Colitis: Diarrhea, often with the passage of blood, is more common, but constipation can occur especially while on treatment or if the intestines react with more spasm and less irritability when on a low roughage diet. However a gastroenterologist is better qualified to answer your question. ...Read more

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Could diet cause ulcerative colitis (i.E. Junk food, fast food, meat, dairy)?

Could diet cause ulcerative colitis (i.E. Junk food, fast food, meat, dairy)?

No evidence: That lousy diet causes ulcerative colitis, but if you have it, you need to watch carefully what you eat. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis and does treatment always result in an ileostomy?

What causes ulcerative colitis and does treatment always result in an ileostomy?

Ulcerative Colitis: UC is an autoimmune disease and having UC doesn't always mean you need to have an ileostomy. You need to see a GI doctor and get on an anti-inflammatory regimen to help control the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

Many things: Inflammation in the gastrointestinal system could be caused by undiagnosed infections, parasites or food intolerances. Consider some dietary changes like avoiding dairy and gluten and adding a probiotic daily to see if that is helpful. See your gastroenterologist for further diagnostic testing and evaluation. ...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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Why does ulcerative colitis cause joint pain?

Inflammation: A percentage of patients with ulcerative colitis will have an associated inflammatory arthritis. This type of arthritis is similar in mechanism to other types of inflammatory arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and is characterized by inflammation attacking various joints in the body. Do not hesitate to see a rheumatologist for treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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