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Ulcerative Colitis (cont.)

Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms

Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include the following:

  • Frequent loose bowel movements with or without blood
  • Urgency to have a bowel movement (tenemus) and bowel incontinence (loss of bowel control)
  • Lower abdominal discomfort or cramps
  • Fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite
  • Weight loss with continuing diarrhea
  • Anemia due to bleeding with bowel movements

Because inflammatory bowel disease may be caused by a defect in the immune response system, other body organs may be involved, including for example:

  • Vision problems or eye pain
  • Joint problems
  • Neck or lower back pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Liver and bile duct disease
  • Kidney problems
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2012
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