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People with ulcerative colitis will have varying degrees of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. These may include loose bowels, bloody stools, abdominal cramping or chronic diarrhea. Sometimes ulcerative colitis can cause fatigue and loss of appetite, which may lead to weight loss. Children suffering from the disease may experience stunted growth due to nutritional deficiencies. Symptomatic ‘flare ups’ typically come and go in most individuals, with many weeks, months or even years of remission in between.

A doctor can diagnose ulcerative colitis based upon patient symptoms, a physical exam and a series of tests, including blood tests, stool sampling and colonoscopy. These tests can identify signs of infection and inflammation, as well as the presence of blood or white blood cells in the stool.

Rockville treatment for ulcerative colitis varies depending on the severity of the symptoms a person is experiencing. For those with mild symptoms and long periods of remission, prescription drugs may be enough to prevent flare-ups and reduce symptoms. People with chronic or severe ulcerative colitis may require surgery if their symptoms do not respond to more conservative treatment. Though it requires the removal of the colon and rectum, many patients experience complete and permanent relief from ulcerative colitis after the procedure. Additionally, those individuals whose colon show signs of early colon cancer may need surgery.