Ulcerative colitis refers to chronic Inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the descending colon and rectum. This reduces the absorption of nutrients and results in bloody stools as well as gas and Bloating, which may also be painful. Ulcerative colitis may also involve bacterial Infection (See: Ulcers).
One form of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's Disease, has become well known. Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory disease that may affect any part of the digestive tract but usually occurs at the junction of the small and large intestines. There, the intestinal wall thickens and Ulcers may form. The damaged portion may be surgically removed.
(See also: Irritable bowel syndrome)
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