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
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
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:
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?