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Ulcerative Colitis

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease, characterized by sores and ulcers in the large intestine. A person living with ulcerative colitis may not notice symptoms until the disease has progressed. The following subgroups have been shown to be more susceptible to developing ulcerative colitis:
  • Young adults and people over the age of 60
  • Related to someone with an inflammatory bowel disease
  • Jewish heritage
Approximately 700,000 people in the United States live with ulcerative colitis.

What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

The most common ulcerative colitis symptoms include:
  • Blood in stool
  • Loose bowel movements
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Anemia
  • Cramping
  • Joint pain
  • Rash

Is there treatment available for ulcerative colitis?

While there is no cure for ulcerative colitis, there are treatments to manage the symptoms and encourage remission. These treatments include:
  • Antibiotics
  • Aminosalicylates
  • Corticosteroids
  • Immunomodulators
  • Biologics
If your case is severe enough, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove parts of or your entire colon.

Where can I find more information on ulcerative colitis?

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