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What is Ulcerative Colitis
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What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the other which is Crohn's disease.

Ulcerative colitis generally only affects the lining of the colon (large intestines) and rectum/anus, which then can become very inflamed. Ulcerative colitis does not normally affect any other part of the gastrointestinal tract (small intestines, stomach, eosophagus, mouth) other than the large intestines and anus.

If the anus (rectum) is the only part that becomes inflamed the condition is then known as ulcerative proctitis.

Ulcerative colitis does not require surgery in most cases - only about 1% of people with this condition require their bowel removed. This type of surgery is only recommended for people with very severe forms of ulcerative colitis that does not respond to conventional treatment, seriously impacts quality of life or where there are pre-cancerous or cancerous cells.


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  Last reviewed: 30 September 2008 || Last updated: 14 February 2009


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