Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the colon. The inflammation causes the colon to empty too frequently, leading to diarrhea. This can lead to other symptoms such as sores or ulcers in the colon and rectum. UC affects both genders and people of all ages. Although it cannot currently be cured, it can be managed with proper treatment.
ULCERATIVE COLITIS SYMPTOMS
Ulcerative Colitis can present in a range of symptoms that may be mild or severe. The most common symptoms are:
- Abdominal Pain/Cramps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Weight loss
- Loss Of Appetite
- Loss Of Body Fluids/Dehydration
- Loss of Nutrients
- Skin Lesions
- Joint Pain
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Ulcerative Colitis can take many forms, depending on its’ location. When UC occurs in the rectum and lower part of the colon it is called Ulcerative Proctitis (UP). If it affects the entire colon it is called Pancolitis. If it only affects the left side of the colon it is called Limited or Distal Colitis. Unlike Crohn’s Disease, which can occur anywhere in the GI tract, UC only presents in the colon.
The symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis are similar to those of many other gastrointestinal conditions. To ensure a proper diagnosis, our Dr. Asgeri may order any of the following tests or procedures:
- Blood Tests
- CT Scan (Computerized Tomography)
Treatment usually starts with attempts to control inflammation. Medications may include:
- Immune System Suppressors
- Iron/Calcium/Vitamin Supplements
If drug therapy doesn’t work, surgical removal of the colon may be recommended.
VISIT OASIS ADVANCED GASTROENTEROLOGY TO TREAT ULCERATIVE COLITIS
Even though UC is a lifelong condition, it can be controlled. Many patients experience times of flare-up and remission but are able to maintain their lifestyles. If you are concerned that you may have Ulcerative Colitis, contact Oasis Advanced Gastroenterology in Palm Springs to schedule an exam with Dr. Asgeri.
Request an appointment online or call 760-699-7607.