October 13, 2015

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Colitis facts

  • Colitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. It may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea with or without blood. Fever may be present.
  • There are numerous causes of colitis including infection, inflammatory bowel disease, ischemic, and microscopic colitis.
  • Blood in the stool is never normal and should not be ignored.
  • Depending upon the history and physical examination, further testing may be required to find the cause of colitis.
  • Treatment of colitis often is supportive and is aimed at maintaining adequate hydration and pain control while a diagnosis is being pursued. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 2/4/2015