Information About Ulcerative Colitis

(also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is an inflammatory disease of the large intestine, or colon. In ulcerative colitis, the inner lining of the intestine becomes inflamed (red and swollen) and develops ulcers (open, painful wounds). Ulcerative colitis is often the most severe in the rectal area, which can cause frequent diarrhea. Mucus and blood often appear in the stool if the lining of the colon is damaged.

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