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What kind of doctor treats colitis?
Gastroenterologists are the medical specialists that treat diseases of the gastrointestinal organs such as colitis. In some cases colitis may be managed by primary care specialists or internal medicine specialists. Depending on the type of colitis, other specialists may be involved in the treatment, including infectious disease specialists or surgeons. Pediatricians or pediatric gastroenterologists are involved in the care of infants, children, and teens with colitis.
What questions will the doctor ask me about my colitis?
The health-care professional will perform a physical examination on the patient by taking vital signs, and focusing on the abdomen feeling for areas of tenderness, for masses, or abnormally enlarged organs.
The health-care professional also will take a past medical history to assess the risk factors for peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the arteries), for example, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. These risk factors are important in exploring ischemic bowel as the cause for colitis.
The health-care professional may ask the patient the following questions:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2016
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