A to Z: Ulcerative Colitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about this inflammatory disease of the large intestine, or colon.ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon, rectum, large intestine, digestive tract, diarrhea, abdominal pain, abdomen, ulcers, colitis, colorectal cancer11/26/201204/12/201909/02/201982d93070-8e1f-4f02-afb4-2503ae871d2ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-ulcerative.html/<p><em>May also be called: UC</em></p> <p>Ulcerative colitis (UL-sur-uh-tiv koh-LY-tis) is an inflammatory&nbsp;disease of the large intestine, or colon. It causes the inner lining of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">intestine</a> to become irritated and swollen and develop ulcers.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Doctors aren't sure of the exact cause of&nbsp;UC, but many factors are thought to&nbsp;be involved, including diet, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genetics</a>, the immune system, and environmental factors. If the lining of the colon and rectum become inflamed and develop ulcers, a person can have abdominal pain, bloody <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>, mucus in the stool (poop), and other symptoms.</p> <p>The loss of fluid and nutrients from diarrhea and chronic inflammation of the bowel can cause weight loss, dehydration, and malnutrition. If untreated, ulcerative colitis can lead to more severe complications and may increase the risk of colorectal cancer over time.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Medications or sometimes surgery can help control symptoms associated with UC and may offer long-term relief. Great progress is being made in the development of treatments for UC. By sticking to a treatment program and leading a healthy lifestyle, most people with ulcerative colitis can enjoy a productive, normal life.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Digestive SystemThe digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/f2005e0d-6586-4e09-94e7-65388be2bb40
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines. There are two kinds of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibd.html/c57ab671-d60f-4706-887c-a02296112ad7
Irritable Bowel SyndromeHaving irritable bowel syndrome can make a kid feel awful. The good news is that kids can take steps to feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ibs.html/f1d5a462-599e-40ac-ad7f-bbe405afa50f
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal problem that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods can trigger these problems. So can anxiety, stress, and infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibs.html/42b47e2e-11e3-47af-96e3-2bd0b67dc7e5
StomachachesLots of different problems can cause similar kinds of stomach pain - not all of them related to the digestive system. Here are some clues about what could be going on.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stomachaches.html/f9b9598e-0232-4add-9fea-e6a8591cb740
Your Digestive SystemThe digestive system breaks down the food you eat. Learn how in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/digestive-system.html/2a59b1c6-c783-4de0-bb89-75a822f14849
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