Ulcerative Colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is characterized by ulcers, or open sores in the colon, or large intestine. The main symptom of ulcerative colitis is diarrhea with blood in the stool. It is often confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The onset of ulcerative colitis is usually gradual. It may be accompanied by abdominal pain, cramping and painful bowel movements.
We use several means to test for ulcerative colitis, including a Including laboratory studies and colonoscopy. During the colonoscopy, we will take a biopsy to confirm that you have ulcerative colitis and to differentiate it from Crohn's disease.
If you suspect that you may have ulcerative colitis or any inflammatory bowel disease, you should call (860) 826-3880 and make an appointment today.
Treatment of ulcerative colitis depends on the extent and severity of the disease, as well as your overall health. Our goal is to put this disease into remission and then to prevent a relapse. Medical management is dependent on several factors including the extent of the colitis and the severity of symptoms. Current medical management is often effective and only severe cases require surgery. We will discuss these options with you after we make a diagnosis.