Ulcerative Collitis

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Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis can impact a patient’s life in many ways. Thankfully, there is now an array of treatment options to help address symptoms and achieve remission in those with this disease. At Centers for Gastroenterology, our team is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care to each of our patients. 

What is Ulcerative Colitis? 

This condition leads to ulcers, or open sores, within the large intestine, as well as feelings of irritation. It typically begins in the rectum, but it will typically spread to the colon, as well. This condition can emerge in patients of all ages, but it is most frequently diagnosed in people between 15 and 30 years of age. An exact cause has not been determined, and several factors may be at play, including an immune system that is overactive.  

There are a range of symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis. The severity can differ between patients, with some having mild symptoms or inconsistent symptoms (flare-ups). Others may experience frequent symptoms that cause significant discomfort. Symptoms may worsen over time and, in addition to ulcers, include: 

  • Diarrhea or a change in the frequency of bowel movements 
  • Cramping or pain in the abdominal area 
  • Fatigue 
  • Nausea
  • Unexpected loss of weight 
  • Anemia 
  • Blood, pus, or mucus in stool
  • Cramping that is severe in nature 
  • Fever 
  • Rashes 
  • Sores in the mouth 
  • Pain in joints 
  • Redness and discomfort in the eyes 
  • Disease or dysfunction of the liver

This condition can lead to more serious complications if left unmanaged, so it’s important to schedule a consultation with us if you are experiencing these symptoms. 

How is Ulcerative Colitis Treated?

At this point in time, ulcerative colitis cannot be cured. However, symptoms can be managed and treated to vastly improve the quality of life for patients with this condition. Medications are typically the first line of treatment. In some cases, medications may be used to treat underlying infections. Other medications are designed to reduce inflammation and discomfort. In other cases, surgical options are available to remove affected areas of the rectum and/or colon.


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Contact Us Today to Discuss Ulcerative Colitis

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with Ulcerative Colitis or are interested in discussing treatment options, please contact Centers for Gastroenterology in Fort Collins, CO today. Your first step will be to schedule an appointment for a consultation with one of our experienced physicians.



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