Digestive Health

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and ulcers to occur in the large intestine. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and pain, bleeding from the rectum and diarrhoea.

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the large intestine.

Treating ulcerative colitis

Usually depending on the severity the ulcerative colitis either medication is used or in severe cases surgery is required.

Diagnosing ulcerative colitis

Your GP will ask you about your general health, your symptoms and medical history to diagnose ulcerative colitis.

Causes of ulcerative colitis?

It is important to begin learning as much as you can about what ulcerative colitis is if you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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