The Prevention and Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a condition in which the moist tissue layer that lines the colon and rectum, called the mucosa, has become inflamed. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are characterized by frequent abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Other symptoms may include fatigue, weight loss, decreased appetite, and nausea. Secondary problems and complications include liver problems, skin eruptions and arthritic problems. The diagnosis of ulcerative colitis requires confirmation by medical specialists. A major complication that may occur in a small number of people with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease is called toxic megacolon. In this condition, the individual usually has a high fever, swollen or distended abdomen, elevated white count, and a dilated colon that can be observed on an x-ray.

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