Ulcerative Colitis

Making a Diagnosis

The disease can be hard to diagnose because it can share a lot of signs and symptoms with other digestive conditions, such as Crohn's disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, in order to make a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, the doctor will ask a number of questions, perform a physical exam, and recommend additional tests. One or more of the following tests may be recommended:
 
(Click Diagnosing Ulcerative Colitis to learn more about these specific tests, as well as a number of other conditions that can share similar symptoms with ulcerative colitis.)
 

Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

Depending on how serious your condition is, your doctor may recommend a combination of different treatment options.
 
The goals of ulcerative colitis treatment are to control inflammation; relieve symptoms such as abdominal pain (or stomach pain), diarrhea, and rectal bleeding; reduce flare-ups; and delay the need for surgery.
 
Treatment options may include:
 
Researchers continue to look for treatments that may someday cure this disease.
 
(Click Ulcerative Colitis Treatment for a detailed overview of this topic.)
 

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