Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the large intestine (colon and rectum).
It differs from Crohn’s disease, which is also an inflammatory bowel disease, because it affects only the lining of the large intestine. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract and more than just the internal lining.
What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis can occur in people of any age, but it usually starts in individuals aged 15-30. The exact cause is not often completely understood. It is thought that ulcerative colitis is brought on by a combination of factors including:
- Immune system
Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
Symptoms vary and are based on the type and area. You may experience:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Feeling of urgency
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis
The team at the Center for Colon & Rectal Health will work with you to gather as much information as we can to provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Personal history, a physical exam, and one or more of the following tests will be needed to determine what is right for you:
- Blood tests
- Stool tests
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Computerized Tomography (CT) scan
- Barium enema x-ray
Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis
Treatment for ulcerative colitis depends on the severity. The Center for Colon & Rectal Health surgeons are trained on the latest therapies and surgeries. A variety of drug therapies and special diets are available to meet individual needs. In severe cases, patients might require a surgical procedure. Proctocolectomy involves the removal of the colon and rectum for those patients who are experiencing massive bleeding, severe illness, rupture of the colon, or are at risk of cancer.
Our goal is to provide you with a safe and comfortable environment. Every patient is different. We strive to offer you the most accurate and effective treatment options.
Please contact Bucks County’s premier colorectal group to schedule an appointment and to learn more.
St. Mary Medical Center
St. Clare Medical Building, Suite 130
1203 Langhorne-Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA 19047