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Understanding the cause of a specific colitis has allowed more targeted therapy. For example, observation has replaced surgery to remove the colon as standard therapy for some people with ulcerative colitis, and limiting the use of antibiotics has decreased the number of resistant bacteria that can cause infectious diarrhea.

Worldwide, initiatives to increase access to clean water and adequate hygiene are perhaps the most important way to save lives.

Medically reviewed by Venkatachala Mohan, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Gastroenterology

REFERENCES: Ulcerative Colitis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2014

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