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Ulcerative Colitis (cont.)

Ulcerative Colitis Prognosis

  • Ulcerative colitis is not a fatal illness, but it is a lifelong illness.
  • Most people with ulcerative colitis continue to lead normal, useful, and productive lives, even though they may need to take medications every day, and occasionally need to be hospitalized.
  • Maintenance medication has been shown to decrease flare-ups of ulcerative colitis.
  • Surgery may be required in some patients, but it is not required in every patient with ulcerative colitis.
  • Routine cancer screening is a must for those who do not undergo surgical removal of the colon.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Ulcerative Colitis.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2014
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