Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in the colon.
Like Crohn’s disease, another common type of IBD, ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications. Because ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition, symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly.
Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon)12 and rectum but can also affect other parts of the body including the joints, skin, and eyes. It is usually seen in continuous stretches of your colon starting in the rectum, unlike Crohn’s disease, which occurs anywhere in the digestive tract and often spreads deep into the affected tissues.
Therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis and even bring about long-term remission. It is important for patients with this condition to have regular follow-up and care from a gastroenterologist.
For more information on Ulcerative Colitis visit the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
* Information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the Colon Cancer Alliance and