Ulcerative colitis (UC) is one of the two major types of inflammatory bowel disease (along with Crohn's disease) and is currently affecting about 1 million people in the United States. It characteristically involves the large bowel and is a lifelong illness that has a profound emotional and social impact on patients.
The exact etiology of UC is unknown, but the disease appears to be multifactorial and polygenic. Proposed causes include environmental factors, immune dysfunction, and a likely genetic predisposition. UC occurs more frequently in White persons, with two to four times higher incidence in Ashkenazi Jews. Physical findings are typically normal in mild disease.
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Cite this: B.S. Anand. Fast Five Quiz: Ulcerative Colitis Signs and Symptoms - Medscape - Apr 29, 2022.