A chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract
Ulcerative Colitis, a serious chronic inflammatory disease of the large intestine and rectum characterized by recurrent episodes of abdominal pain and fever and chills and profuse diarrhea.
Ulcerative colitis is usually only in the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Forms range from mild to severe. Having ulcerative colitis puts a patient at increased risk of developing colon cancer.
Symptoms include rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain.
Treatment includes medications and surgery.
People may experience:
Pain: in the rectum or joints, can be intermittent abdominal pain
Gastrointestinal: constipation, diarrhea, urgent need to defecate, bloating, blood in stool, inability to empty bowels, or leaking of stool
Abdominal: tenderness or cramping
Whole body: anemia, fever, loss of appetite, or fatigue
Also common: scarring within the bile ducts or weight loss