Information on Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that commonly causes symptoms such as:
 
Although the disease can affect people of all ages, most people with ulcerative colitis are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, or, less frequently, between the ages of 50 and 70. Males and females are at equal risk of developing it. Ulcerative colitis also appears to run in some families.
 
Ulcerative colitis can be difficult to diagnose at times, because the symptoms are similar to those seen with Crohn's disease and certain other intestinal disorders. In addition to taking your medical history and performing a physical exam, your healthcare provider may order certain tests, such as:
 
  • Blood tests
  • Stool samples
  • Lower GI series (barium enema).
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(Click Ulcerative Colitis for more information, including details on whether there is a link between ulcerative colitis and colon cancer.)
 

Information on Ulcerative Colitis

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