Doctor's Notes on Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the colon (large bowel or large intestine). Signs and symptoms include inflammation of colon tissue and it can produce sores and ulcers; it is usually limited to the colon and rarely affects the small intestine, except for the terminal ileum. Common signs and symptoms include
- frequent loose stools (sometimes with blood),
- lower abdominal discomfort and pain,
- appetite loss,
- weight loss,
- bowel incontinence and
The cause of ulcerative colitis is not known. Risk factors include
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