Fast Five Quiz: Ulcerative Colitis Signs and Symptoms

B.S. Anand, MD


April 29, 2022

Physical findings of UC are typically normal in mild disease, except for mild tenderness in the lower left abdominal quadrant. In severe disease, fever, tachycardia, significant abdominal tenderness, and weight loss may be observed.

The severity of UC is graded as follows:

  • Mild: Bleeding per rectum, fewer than four bowel motions per day

  • Moderate: Bleeding per rectum, more than four bowel motions per day

  • Severe: Bleeding per rectum, more than four bowel motions per day, and a systemic illness with fever, weight loss, and hypoalbuminemia (< 30 g/L)

Learn more about the clinical presentation of UC.

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