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Ulcerative Colitis

Alternate Names : Granulomatous Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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:

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of fluid and nutrients
  • rectal bleeding
  • 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
  • eye irritation
  • kidney stones
  • liver disease, including hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • osteoporosis, or bone thinning
  • rash

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    Author: David J. Craner, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 05/22/01

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