Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Ulcerative Colitis?

Marc D. Basson, MD, PhD, MBA


October 19, 2015

The severity of ulcerative colitis can be graded as follows:

  • Mild: Bleeding from the rectum and fewer than four bowel movements per day

  • Moderate: Bleeding from the rectum, with more than four bowel movements per day

  • Severe: Bleeding from the rectum, more than four bowel movements per day, and a systemic illness with hypoalbuminemia (< 30 g/L)

Fistulae would not be expected in ulcerative colitis because it is a mucosal disease; in contrast, fistulae would be more likely in Crohn disease, which is transmural.

For more on the presentation of ulcerative colitis, read here.


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