Ulcerative colitis

Common Name(s)

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine (colon) and rectum. The inner lining of the rectum and colon become red and swollen (inflamed). The condition also causes small sores (ulcers) to form inside the colon and rectum. UC is a long lasting condition, but affected individuals usually have periods with symptoms (flare ups) and periods without symptoms (remission). Symptoms include stomach pains, cramping, rectal bleeds, diarrhea or pain when passing stool. The cause of this condition is unknown, but some experts believe it is caused by an overreaction by the body’s immune system (autoimmune condition). Genetic and environmental factors are also involved. UC typically affects individuals between 15 and 30 years of age and, in the United States, 20% of UC cases occur under the age of 20 years.

Your doctor may suspect UC after ruling out other causes for your symptoms. To confirm the diagnosis, they may order blood tests to look for low blood count (anemia), x-rays and CT scans to image your colon, examine the inside of your colon using a camera (colonoscopy) or examine a stool sample. Although there is no cure, there are various treatment options to help manage the symptoms of this condition. Medications may be prescribed to reduce the inflammation or decrease the response from your immune system. Nutritional supplements may also help. If severe enough, surgery may be needed to remove part of your colon. If you have been diagnosed with UC, talk with your doctor to decide which treatment option is best for you. Support groups are also good resources for support and information.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Ulcerative colitis" for support, advocacy or research.

Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.

CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2014

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Digestive Disease National Coalition

The Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) has provided national leadership on behalf of patient organizations, professional societies, and industry interested in the full spectrum of digestive disorders.

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Ulcerative colitis" for support, advocacy or research.

Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

http://www.agmd-gimotility.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.

CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

http://www.ccfa.org

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2014

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Digestive Disease National Coalition

The Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) has provided national leadership on behalf of patient organizations, professional societies, and industry interested in the full spectrum of digestive disorders.

http://ddnc.org/

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Ulcerative colitis" returned 1854 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Acute pancreatitis secondary to long-term 5- aminosalicylic acid therapy in a patient with ulcerative colitis: a case-report.
 

Author(s): Asma Ouakaa-Kchaou, Dalila Gargouri, Asma Kochlef, Norsaf Bibani, Héla Elloumi, Dorra Trad, Jamel Kharrat

Journal: Tunis Med. 2014 Jun;92(6):423.

 

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2015

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Association of Serotonin Transporter Promoter Polymorphism (5HTTLPR) with Microscopic Colitis and Ulcerative Colitis: Time to Be AsSERTive?
 

Author(s): Dana Goldner, Kara Gross Margolis

Journal: Dig. Dis. Sci.. 2015 Apr;60(4):819-21.

 

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2015

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Reply: careful assessment is needed in patients with ulcerative colitis with evidence of cytomegalovirus reactivation.
 

Author(s): You Sun Kim, Joo Sung Kim

Journal: Gut Liver. 2015 Mar;9(2):254-5.

 

Last Updated: 27 Feb 2015

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Ulcerative colitis" returned 165 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Inflammatory bowel disease in Hispanic communities: a concerted South American approach could identify the aetiology of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
 

Author(s): Affifa Farrukh, John Francis Mayberry

Journal: Arq Gastroenterol. ;51(4):271-5.

 

Despite intensive research we remain ignorant of the cause of both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The dramatic rise in incidence, particularly of Crohn's disease, points towards environmental factors as playing a significant role. A major purpose of this review is to stimulate ...

Last Updated: 16 Jan 2015

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Advances in treatment of ulcerative colitis with herbs: from bench to bedside.
 

Author(s): Ping Wan, Hao Chen, Yuan Guo, Ai-Ping Bai

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2014 Oct;20(39):14099-104.

 

Ulcerative colitis (UC), an idiopathic inflammatory disorder in the colon, has become a clinical challenge, owing to the increasing incidence and poor prognosis. The conventional treatments for UC including aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressants, induce remission ...

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2014

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Managing osteoporosis in ulcerative colitis: something new?
 

Author(s): Luca Petruccio Piodi, Alessandro Poloni, Fabio Massimo Ulivieri

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2014 Oct;20(39):14087-98.

 

The authors revise the latest evidence in the literature regarding managing of osteoporosis in ulcerative colitis (UC), paying particular attention to the latest tendency of the research concerning the management of bone damage in the patient affected by UC. It is wise to assess vitamin ...

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Evaluation of Safety, Efficacy, Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic of Bertilimumab in Patients With Active Moderate to Severe Ulcerative Colitis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Ulcerative Colitis, Active Moderate; Ulcerative Colitis, Active Severe

 

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015

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Melatonin & Ulcerative Colitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ulcerative Colitis

 

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2009

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Epidemiology of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease in Non Jewish Israel Population
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ulcerative Colitis; Crohn's Disease

 

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2012

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