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Ulcerative colitis

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Introduction
Ulcerative colitis is a long-term (chronic) condition where the colon and rectum (large intestine or large bowel) become inflamed.
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary depending on how much of the rectum and colon is inflamed and how severe the inflammation is.
Causes of ulcerative colitis
The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, although it is thought to be the result of a problem with the immune system.
Diagnosing ulcerative colitis
Your GP will first ask you about your symptoms, your general health and your medical history.
Treating ulcerative colitis
Treatment for ulcerative colitis depends on how severe the condition is and how often your symptoms flare up.
Complications of ulcerative colitis
If you have ulcerative colitis, there is a risk you could develop further problems.
Living with ulcerative colitis
If you have ulcerative colitis, there are some things you can do yourself to help keep your symptoms under control and reduce your risk of complications.
'I lost a lot of weight and had to stay in bed'
Tony has had ulcerative colitis for more than 15 years. Having tried most medications, he is now on infliximab.
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