A number of infections and other conditions can cause the rectum to become irritated and inflamed, but few of them cause lasting symptoms. Ulcerative colitis, however, is a lifelong condition that begins with rectal inflammation and can worsen to involve much or all of the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis most often begins to cause symptoms between the ages of 15 and 40.
Research suggests that ulcerative colitis is genetic (inherited). The illness may begin with a breakdown in...Read more
The definition of colitis is inflammation of the colon. There are many different ways that inflammation can present and manifest itself.... Read more »
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Ten years ago when I was finally diagnosed with UC I was given Asacol, a 5-ASA drug, to get the inflammation in my colon under control.... Read more »