Learn More About Accutane-Induced Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms & Diagnosis
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What are the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?
Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include rectal bleeding and diarrhea, but there is a wide range of symptoms among patients with this disease. Variability of symptoms reflects differences in the extent of the disease and the intensity of inflammation. Generally, patients with inflammation confined to the rectum and a short segment of the colon adjacent to the rectum have milder symptoms and a better prognosis than patients with more widespread inflammation of the colon.
Diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis
The diagnosis of ulcerative colitis is suggested by the symptoms of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and diarrhea. Stool specimens are collected for analysis to exclude infection and parasites, since these conditions can cause colitis that mimics ulcerative colitis. Blood tests may show anemia and an elevated white blood cell count or sedimentation rate.
An elevated white blood cell count and sed rate both reflect ongoing inflammation in the colon. Conformation of ulcerative colitis requires a test to visualize the large intestine.
Knowledge of the extent and severity of the colitis is important in choosing among treatment options. A barium enema x-ray may also indicate the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis. During a barium enema, a chalky substance is administered into the rectum and injected into the colon. Barium is radiopaque and can outline the colon on x-ray pictures.
Do I have an Ulcerative Colitis Lawsuit?
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