Ulcerative colitis is usually only in the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Forms range from mild to severe. Having ulcerative colitis puts a patient at increased risk of developing colon cancer.
Symptoms include rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain.
Treatment includes medications and surgery.
- colitis ulcerosa
- colitis gravis
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year
Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Urgent medical attention recommended
Common for ages 18-35
Family history may increase likelihood