(UC) is a chronic inflammation of the intestine, notably associated with Crohn's disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). On average, UC affects 3 times more women than men, with inflammation beginning at the mucous
membrane of the rectum
then progressively spreading to cover the rest of the colon
. This disease progresses in the form of successive flare-ups, with potential secondary complications
such as colon cancer
. Ulcerative colitis can be indicated by red blood discharge from the rectum, abdominal pain
, and diarrhea
, with diagnosis requiring confirmation by visual examination of the digestive mucous membranes
in these organs by rectal colonoscopy
. Certain types of medication can improve the condition, such as sulfasalazine, corticosteroids, or immunosuppressives, but surgery is sometimes necessary.
Published by Jeff
Latest update on November 12, 2013 at 05:58 AM by Jeff.