Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis and Treatment
Ulcerative colitis is a condition which presents as inflammation of the lining of the colon and rectum. These two areas of the gastrointestinal tract are collectively known as the large intestine. Irritation is caused to the lining of the large intestine by UC inflammation, which in turn results in the associated symptoms of the condition.
UC comes under the umbrella of the collective term “inflammatory bowel diseases.” Many patients who suffer from UC are also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (CD) under the collective term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, IBD is not to be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a separate condition altogether.
Although many of the symptoms of IBDs are the same or similar, diagnosis and treatment may differ. It is important to trust your care to a gastroenterologist such as Dr. David Yamini and his team if you suspect you are suffering from UC. You will receive expert consultation and care for GI conditions at one of two offices in Beverly Hills or Santa Monica, California.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary according to severity. You may experience bleeding from the rectum, diarrhea, mild to severe abdominal pain, fever, dehydration, weight loss and involuntary bowel movements. These are just some of the potential signs of ulcerative colitis, so it is important to seek the help of an experienced gastroenterologist like Dr. Yamini if you live in California.
The genetic makeup of the individual appears to play a large part in the cause of UC. However, the condition is not yet fully understood. There is also a correlation with environmental factors and the immune system.
For an accurate diagnosis, reach out to Dr. Yamini and his team at his offices in Beverly Hills or Santa Monica. We can provide diagnosis and effective treatment to relieve the symptoms of UC.