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ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, is characterized by abdominal pain and diarrhea.


Symptoms may include:


  • ulcerative proctitis - inflammation confined to the rectum
    • rectal bleeding
    • rectal pain
    • a feeling of urgency or an inability to move the bowels 
  • left-sided colitis - inflammation extends from the rectum up the left side through the sigmoid and descending colon
    • bloody diarrhea
    • abdominal cramping
    • pain
    • weight loss

  • pancolitis - affects the entire colon
    • bloody diarrhea (severe)
    • abdominal cramps
    • pain
    • fatigue
    • weight loss
    • night sweats


Causes may include:



Treatments may include:


  • therapy

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