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Ulcerative Colitis (cont.)

Ulcerative Colitis Next Steps

Learning about ulcerative colitis is the key to living a long and healthy life. Patient and family education will allow a better understanding of the disease and what steps may be taken to control it. Under a doctor's direction, medications, lifestyle and diet modification may be able to lengthen the time between symptom relapse.

Routine colon cancer screening should never be neglected.

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 Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Ulcerative Colitis.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2016
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