Ulcerative Colitis: Frequently Asked QuestionsThursday, April 26, 2012 - 09:30
Here are some frequently asked questions related to ulcerative colitis.
Q: Is ulcerative colitis an autoimmune disease?
A: There is certainly a malfunction in the immune system that takes place in ulcerative colitis. However, immunosuppressive medications used to keep individuals from rejecting transplanted organs have shown less effectiveness in treating ulcerative colitis than in treating Crohn's disease.
Q: Is ulcerative colitis life threatening?
A: Ulcerative colitis is very rarely life threatening. Cases of toxic megacolon or excessive bleeding due a very severe
Q: If both parents have ulcerative colitis, what are the chances that their children will have ulcerative colitis?
A: Ulcerative colitis is not a strictly genetic disease. To date, scientists have found no specific gene that miscodes and causes ulcerative colitis. The chances of a child having ulcerative colitis if his or her parents do is only slightly greater than the chances of any child having ulcerative colitis.
Q: If I need surgery, will I have to wear an
A: Not necessarily. There are three options for eliminating bowel waste after removal of the colon. One is the standard ostomy, and use of ostomy appliances. Another is a so-called continent ostomy, which is emptied through a rigid tube you insert through the valve-like ostomy opening. The third is the ileo-anal pull-through, where the ileum is attached to the rectal wall, and you eliminate through the anus.
Q: Should I be worried about steroid treatment?
Q: Are diagnostic tests to find out if I have ulcerative colitis painful?
Q: Should I be worried about colon cancer if I have ulcerative colitis?
A: Statistical evidence does show that people with ulcerative colitis do have a slightly higher incidence of colon cancer than the general population. For this reason, doctors begin regularly screening those with colitis eight years after diagnosis. Those with
Q: My 11-year-old was just diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I thought only adults could get the disease. Does my child face any special obstacles in having the disease treated?
A: In the last quarter century, it has become clear that ulcerative colitis affects large numbers of children and young teens. Nutritional deficiency is a major issue in treatment of children with ulcerative colitis. Children are growing machines, and although