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The Basics of Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is one of the two common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Read our comprehensive guide to ulcerative colitis for disease information and treatment options.

Ulcerative Colitis Facts & Information 

  • Introduction to Ulcerative Colitis
    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term that covers two disorders- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Check out our guide to learn more about ulcerative colitis. 
  • Ulcerative Colitis Causes
    The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not known, but researchers believe a number of factors may play a part. Click here to learn more. 
  • Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
    Find out if your symptoms are consistent with ulcerative colitis. Read our in-depth report to find a complete explanation of the disease symptoms.
  • Risk Factors for Ulcerative Colitis
    Are you at risk for ulcerative colitis? Read our guide to find out. 
  • Ulcerative Colitis Complications
    Ulcerative Colitis causes complications outside of the GI tract. Learn about the specific complications and how to treat them here. 

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Ulcerative Colitis Management

  • Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis
    Diagnosis is the first step to disease management. Several lab tests and procedures can be performed in order to diagnose IBD. Learn more about these tests here. 
  • Symptom Management
    Learn how to manage diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and the other symptoms of ulcerative colitis. 
  • Dietary Considerations
    Malnutrition is a common concern in patients with ulcerative colitis. Learn how to manage your diet and maintain proper nutrition here.
  • Medications for Ulcerative Colitis
    Drugs cannot cure inflammatory bowel disease, but they can help reduce the inflammation and accompanying symptoms in up to 80% of patients.
  • Surgical Procedures for Ulcerative Colitis
    In 20% of people with ulcerative colitis, drug therapy is not effective, and surgery to remove diseased sections is necessary.

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