What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation to the lining of the large intestine or colon. Ulcerative colitis can affect people of any age and is most commonly diagnosed sometime before 30 years of age.
What causes ulverative colitis?
Experts are not sure what causes ulcerative colitis. They think it might be caused by the immune system overreacting to normal bacteria in the digestive tract. In addition, there may also be a genetic predisposition to the disease.
How do you treat ulcerative colitis?
Medicines are used to treat ulcerative colitis initially and include Aminosalicylates and steroids. If your child has severe symptoms and medicines don't help, surgery may be needed to remove the colon. Removing the entire colon cures ulcerative colitis. It also prevents colon cancer that can occur as a result of long-standing Ulcerative colitis
At Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the most advanced techniques, such as minimally invasive procedures, are used to the remove the colon. These methods reduce pain and scaring.