Fast Five Quiz: Ulcerative Colitis Signs and Symptoms

B.S. Anand, MD


April 29, 2022

A fulminant course of UC is marked by severe diarrhea and cramps, fever, leukocytosis, and abdominal distention. This is more common in children than adults and may require hospitalization and steroid therapy.

Patients with UC predominantly complain of rectal bleeding, with frequent stools and mucous discharge from the rectum. Some patients also experience tenesmus. In severe cases, patients have multiple bloody bowel movements with abdominal cramping and dehydration.

Learn more about clinical presentation of UC.


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