Ulcerative Colitis

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this disorder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your large intestine and rectum. Symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly.

The exact cause of ulcerative colitis remains unknown. Previously, diet and stress were suspected, but now doctors know that these factors may aggravate but dont cause ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. Symptoms may include:

Diarrhea

Abdominal pain and cramping

Rectal pain and bleeding

Constipation

Weight loss

Fever and fatigue

Most people with ulcerative colitis have mild to moderate symptoms. The course of ulcerative colitis may vary, with some people having long periods of remission.

Ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications. While it has no known cure, treatment can greatly reduce signs and symptoms of the disease and even bring about long-term remission.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.