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What is the difference between colitis and ulcerative colitis?

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Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016
Question: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLITIS AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS? A FRIEND IS SUFFERING FROM ONE OR THE OTHER.
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Colitis vs Ulcerative colitis

Detailed Answer:
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You have a friend who has been diagnosed with a type of colitis. Colitis is a generic term for any type of infection or irritation inflammation of the colon. It encompasses several diseases including infections and autoimmune disorders. Ulcerative colitis is a specific type on inflammatory bowel disease or autoimmune disorder that manifests with bloody diarrhea. The diagnosis is made by biopsies of the colon. This is treated with steroid, oral medications and sometimes with biological agents like Humira. Ulcerative colitis is a life long condition and will have periods of exacerbations which can be very debilitating.

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Follow up: Dr. Ronald Schubert (1 hour later)
I UNDERSTAND THAT BEFORE SHE HAS A COLINOSCOPY A DIAGNOSIS CAN'T BE MADE. I WONDER THOUGH IF THE TEST RESULTS ARE NOT GREAT, OR EVEN IF THE RESULTS ARE FAIR OR GOOD, CAN MEDICINE BE PERSCRIBED SO THAT SHE COULD GET SOME RELIEF?
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ulcerative colitis

Detailed Answer:
To make the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis you need a colonoscopy and a biopsy of the lining of the colon. Without that you are making only a presumptive diagnoses. Once the diagnosis is made there are several medications available. It can be controlled but she will need to see a gastroenterologist to tailor her medications for her disease
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What is the difference between colitis and ulcerative colitis?

Brief Answer: Colitis vs Ulcerative colitis Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns. You have a friend who has been diagnosed with a type of colitis. Colitis is a generic term for any type of infection or irritation inflammation of the colon. It encompasses several diseases including infections and autoimmune disorders. Ulcerative colitis is a specific type on inflammatory bowel disease or autoimmune disorder that manifests with bloody diarrhea. The diagnosis is made by biopsies of the colon. This is treated with steroid, oral medications and sometimes with biological agents like Humira. Ulcerative colitis is a life long condition and will have periods of exacerbations which can be very debilitating. I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions