Alternate Names : Granulomatous Colitis
What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?
As the colon lining breaks down, the person experiences abdominal pain. The pain is usually on the left side of the abdomen. It may improve after the person has a bowel movement. Bloody diarrhea is another common symptom. The person may have 10 to 20 bowel movements a day. The person may also have pain and cramping around the rectum.
Other common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:
loss of appetite
loss of fluid and nutrients
unintentional weight loss
Ulcerative colitis can also cause problems in other parts of the body. These effects may include:
anemia, or a low red blood cell count
arthritis, or joint pain and swelling
liver disease, including hepatitis and cirrhosis
osteoporosis, or bone thinning