Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
A condition of unknown cause which causes superficial ulceration of part or all of the colon lining. The symptoms include abdominal pain, cramps, gas and diarrhea. Fatigue and low grade fever are common. The diarrhea usually contains bright red blood. Anemia may result if the bleeding persists. In most cases this disorder can be treated medically, but in severe conditions it may require the removal of the colon. The risk for the development of colon cancer increases significantly 8-10 years after the onset of the ulcerative colitis. The risk exists whether the disease has been active or inactive, and regular examinations of the colon are very important. Learn more about IBS.