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Ulcerative Colitis

Alternate Names : Granulomatous Colitis

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

How is the disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis of ulcerative colitis begins with a medical history and physical exam. The healthcare provider may order tests, including:

  • a barium enema, which is an X-ray of the colon
  • blood tests to check for anemia or signs of inflammation
  • a biopsy of tissue from the colon lining
  • a colonoscopy, which allows the provider to insert a lighted scope and see the colon lining
  • a lab test to check for blood in the stool

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

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