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Colitis (cont.)

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For most individuals, infectious colitis is an isolated event, and once the symptoms and infection have cleared, no further care is needed.

For those with inflammatory bowel disease, the goal becomes symptom control instead of disease cure, since symptoms can occur over the course of a lifetime. Once the initial diagnosis is made, continued care with a primary care doctor and a gastroenterologist will be necessary. A long-term relationship with this treatment team may be able to lessen the frequency and intensity of future disease flare-ups.

Ischemic bowel disease does not happen in isolation, and a person that has poor circulation to the bowel likely has poor circulation elsewhere. Continued monitoring may be necessary to minimize the risk of future episodes.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2014

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