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Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes parts of the digestive tract to swell and form deep sores. These sores are called ulcers. The disease can affect the colon and the rectum. It can cause belly pain and diarrhea.
In many cases, medicines may ease swelling and control symptoms. But sometimes they don't work. Surgery to take out the colon can cure the disease.
This information will help you decide between having surgery and using medicines.
Thinking about the facts and your feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you understand the benefits and risks of your options, and think about what else you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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