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Gastrointestinal System :
Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammation of colon or the large intestines. It is thought to be caused by the immune system attacking the body, and it is not contagious. It causes chronic and bloody diarrhea.

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1. Which doctor should I see if I am diagnosed to have Ulcerative Colitis?

You will need to see a Gastro-enterologist.

2. What is the research drug on the anvil for ulcerative colitis?

Antibodies to tumor-necrosis alpha, commercially known as ‘infliximab’ is being tried as an immunomodulator for ulcerative colitis.

3. After an ileostomy, can a patient lead a normal life?

Following an ileostomy, the diseased portion of the bowel is removed, so the person does enjoy a fairly trouble-free life.

4. Can ulcerative colitis occur in children?

Ulcerative colitis can occur in children. Particular attention to maintenance of nutrition has to be given.

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