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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more


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What distal colitis is?

What distal colitis is?

Proctitis: Or left sided colitis involving only the rectum or left side of the colon is usually a 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 the treatment for distal colitis?

Enemas: Rectal enemas with Mesalamine (an aspirin-like compound) or steroids can be very effective; oral medications are also effective; the combination of oral and rectal treatments seems to be the most reliable for symptom control. ...Read more

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Is a bloody stool always a symptom of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis?

Is a bloody stool always a symptom of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis?

No: Bloody stool can be from many different processes and crohn's / uc can present with symptoms other than blood stools. ...Read more

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What's the difference between colitis and Crohn's disease? The symptoms seem the same.

Ulcerative : Ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease are the two most common inflammatory bowel diseases we see. Even though they can seem similar, they differ in symptoms, affected populations, which parts of the digestive tract they affect, complications and treatments. Below i've linked a web page with many tables that compare the differences between the two. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with colitis a month ago and now the symptoms are back. I stopped drinking too. Are they related symptoms?

Yes: If you symptoms are returning as they were before then it is most likely your colitis flaring up again. I would recommend you see your doctor or gastroenteritis sooner rather than later as different kinds of "colitis" can respond to medicines rather than surgery if treated early enough. Stopping drinking is probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Is colitis dangerous even when symptoms are no longer present? I had symptoms several years ago but none since then. 18 yo femail, non smoker/drinker

Yes: Aside from the fact colitis can re-emerge causing trouble with inflammation, absorption and obstruction, those with colitis, especially ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, have a higher rate of GI cancers. You should be followed regularly by a GI specialist and screened for these issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Distal Colitis (Definition)

Distal colitis = inflammation at the ...Read more