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Ulcerative Colitis

What is ulcerative colitis?
November 7, 2011 : : 0 comments

Ulcerative colitis is one of a group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel disease (or IBD).  It causes ulcers and inflammation in the lining of the colon and rectum.  Inflammation in the colon…

What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?
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Around 50 per cent of sufferers have mild symptoms that include the following:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Anaemia (lack of red blood cells)
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Diminished appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of necessary nutrients
  • Loss of body fluid
  • Joint pain
  • Lesions on…
What causes ulcerative colitis?
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Although there are many theories about the cause of the disease there are still no definitive answers.  It’s known that people who suffer from ulcerative colitis have immune system abnormalities, but it’s not…

How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?
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There are many different tests used to gain a definitive diagnosis of ulcerative colitis.  The first step is normally to take your medical history and perform a physical examination.  After that,  some or…

What is the treatment for ulcerative colitis?
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There is no one answer to this because the treatment is different for every person.  The disease affects everyone in a different manner, so is particular for that individual.  Treatment also depends on…

Is colon cancer a concern?
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There is a risk of colon cancer for people who suffer from ulcerative colitis.  Around 5 per cent of sufferers go onto develop colon cancer.

The risk of developing cancer is in direct proportion…

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