GENERAL SURGERY

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Rectal Cancer

Delta Medix Patient General Information

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the lining of the large intestine and rectum.  In this condition, there are tiny ulcers and small abscesses in the colon and rectum that flare up periodically and cause diarrhea and bloody stools. Ulcerative colitis is often characterized by alternating periods of flare-ups and remission in which the disease appears to have disappeared.   Ulcerative colitis, unlike Crohn’s disease does not affect the esophagus, stomach or small intestine.  The inflammation usually begins in the rectum and then spreads to other areas of the colon.  If the inflammation is limited to the rectum, the disease may be called ulcerative proctitis.