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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the colon and rectum. It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine.

Medical illustration of Ulcerative Colitis, showing inflammation and ulcers in the colon.
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Risk Factors
Prevention

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, fatigue, and fever. The severity of symptoms can vary from mild to severe, and they may come and go over time.

Diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis

To diagnose ulcerative colitis, a combination of tests and procedures may be necessary, including blood tests, stool tests, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and imaging tests such as X-rays or CT scans.

Risk factors for Ulcerative Colitis

The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, but certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing the disease. These include a family history of IBD, age (typically diagnosed in people under age 30), and ethnicity (more common in Caucasians and Ashkenazi Jews).

Prevention for Ulcerative Colitis

Prevention of ulcerative colitis is not possible, but certain lifestyle modifications and medications can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. These may include avoiding trigger foods, quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Treatment for ulcerative colitis may include medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressants, or biologics, as well as lifestyle modifications. In severe cases, surgery is necessary to remove the affected portion of the colon or rectum.

Why Choose Dr. Marines for Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis?

When it comes to managing ulcerative colitis, choosing the right doctor is crucial. That's why Dr. Diego Marines, a skilled colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, is the best choice for patients. With years of experience and a commitment to patient-centered care, Dr. Marines uses the latest surgical techniques and technologies to provide the best possible outcomes for his patients. If you're dealing with ulcerative colitis, trust Dr. Marines to help you find relief and get back to living your life.

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Ulcerative Colitis Frequently Asked Questions

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine.

What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, fatigue, and fever. The severity of symptoms can vary from mild to severe, and they may come and go over time.

How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

To diagnose ulcerative colitis, a combination of tests and procedures may be necessary, including blood tests, stool tests, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and imaging tests such as X-rays or CT scans.

Can ulcerative colitis be prevented?

Prevention of ulcerative colitis is not possible, but certain lifestyle modifications and medications can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. These may include avoiding trigger foods, quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

What are the treatment options for ulcerative colitis?

Treatment for ulcerative colitis may include medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressants, or biologics, as well as lifestyle modifications. In severe cases, surgery is necessary to remove the affected portion of the colon or rectum.

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