Ulcerative colitis is characterized as a chronic inflammatory condition of the GI tract. It appears as a continuous pattern of inflammation and ulcers in the large intestine (colon), most commonly in the lower colon (sigmoid colon and rectum).
CROHN'S VS ULCERATIVE COLITIS
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are different inflammatory bowel diseases. Crohn's can affect any part of the GI tract, but ulcerative colitis only affects the colon. Additionally, in ulcerative colitis, only the superficial inner layer of the colon is affected, while Crohn's disease can affect many layers of tissue throughout the GI tract.
SYMPTOMS OF INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Blood or pus in stool
- Persistent diarrhea
- Urgency to defecate
- Inability to defecate, despite urgency
- Weight loss
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