Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of severe, chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) , which causes:
The exact cause is unknown. A virus or bacteria may cause the immune system to overreact and damage the colon and rectum.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of severe, chronic
inflammatory bowel disease
, which causes:
- Bleeding in the lining of the colon and rectum
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The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam.
Your doctor may order tests, such as:
- Blood tests
- Stool test
- Barium enema
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
There are no guidelines for preventing this condition.
Having a family member with IBD (includes UC and
) may increase your risk of developing UC.
Symptoms may include:
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Rectal bleeding
- Weight loss
- Fatigue, weakness
Treatment options may include: