Overview

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which the lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and the rectum become inflamed. This inflammation produces tiny sores or ulcers on the lining of the colon. It usually begins in[read article]

Tests for Ulcerative Colitis

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A barium enema is a type of X-ray imaging test that allows doctors to examine your lower intestinal tract. It involves delivering a contrast solution that contains ...  More
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Fecal Occult Blood Test
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible camera to check for abnormalities or disease in your lower intestine or colon. The colon is the lowest portion...  More
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The colon helps your body absorb water and nutrients from the food you eat. It is also where your stool is formed. The last third of your colon is called the sigmoi...  More
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Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible camera to check for abnormalities or disease in your lower intestine or colon. The colon is the lowest portion...  More
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The colon helps your body absorb water and nutrients from the food you eat. It is also where your stool is formed. The last third of your colon is called the sigmoi...  More
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Fluoroscopy
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Stool Examination
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Capsule Endoscopy
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In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of t...  More
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Endoscopy is a procedure that uses specialized tools to view and operate on the internal organs and vessels of your body. This allows surgeons to view problems with...  More
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An erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test does not diagnose one specific condition. Instead, it helps your doctor determine whether you are experiencing inflamma...  More
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A red blood cell count is a blood test that your doctor uses to find out how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have in your blood. It is also called an erythrocyte co...  More
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C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance produced by the liver in response to inflammation. C-reactive protein is also called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, wh...  More
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Medical Procedures for Ulcerative Colitis

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Therapeutic Immunosuppression
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Blood Transfusion
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Intravenous Fluid Replacement
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Surgical Procedures for Ulcerative Colitis

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Large bowel resection is also known as colectomy. This surgery removes diseased portions of the large bowel-also called the large intestine. The large intestine con...  More
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A total proctocolectomy is a surgery performed under general anesthesia to remove the colon, rectum, and anus. This surgery is typically done when inflammatory dise...  More
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Ileoanal Anastomosis
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Prescribed Medications for Ulcerative Colitis

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PREDNISONE (PRED ni sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated inc...  More
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MESALAMINE (me SAL a meen) is used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis.  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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METHYLPREDNISOLONE (meth ill pred NISS oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common ...  More
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HYDROCORTISONE (hye droe KOR ti sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions...  More
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MESALAMINE (me SAL a meen) is used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis.  More
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OLSALAZINE (ole SAL a zeen) is used to treat ulcerative colitis. This medicine is also used to help maintain remission of the disease.  More
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AZATHIOPRINE (ay za THYE oh preen) suppresses the immune system. It is used to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthr...  More
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BALSALAZIDE (bal SAL a zide) is used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis.  More
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BUDESONIDE (bue DES oh nide) is a corticosteroid. It is used in the treatment of Crohn's disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease.  More
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CYCLOSPORINE (SYE kloe spor een) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ.  More
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DEXAMETHASONE (dex a METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions tre...  More
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HYDROCORTISONE (hye droe KOR ti sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to decrease swelling, itching, and pain that is caused by minor skin irritations or by hemorrh...  More
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INFLIXIMAB (in FLIX i mab) is used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It is also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, and some forms ...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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MERCAPTOPURINE, 6-MP (mer kap toe PYOOR een) is a chemotherapy drug. It interferes with the growth of cancer cells and can reduce immune system activity. It is used...  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Ulcerative Colitis

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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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Herbs and Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis What's this?

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acetylcysteine inhalation
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