Overview

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, nonspecific inflammatory bowel disease and occurs when the lining of your large intestine (also called the colon), rectum, or both becomes inflamed.

The inflammation produces tiny sores called ulcers of the lining of the colon and can cause urgency, bloody diarrhoea, mucous in the stool and rectal bleeding.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Ulcerative Colitis?

The signs and symptoms of mastitis include:

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain

Increased abdominal sounds

Increased abdominal sounds

Fatigue

Fatigue

Weight loss

Weight loss

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea

Bloody stools

Bloody stools

Fever

Fever

Rectal pain

Rectal pain

Malnutrition

Malnutrition

Causes

What are the causes of Ulcerative Colitis?

It's believed the main cause of ulcerative colitis is due to an overactive immune system. Other factors that may play a role in the development of ulcerative colitis include:

Genetics

Genetics

Other immune disorders

Other immune disorders

Environmental factors - exposure to bacteria, viruses and antigens

Environmental factors - exposure to bacteria, viruses and antigens

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Ulcerative Colitis?

Your GP may do a physical exam and check your symptoms to make a diagnosis. If you aren’t breastfeeding, you may get a mammogram or other tests to rule out breast cancer or a different breast condition.

GI Mapping stool test

GI Mapping stool test

Endoscopy/Colonoscopy

Endoscopy/Colonoscopy

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who specialise in treating Ulcerative Colitis