I can't define, which one is right crohn disease or ulcer colitis because symptom r almost the same?

I have been discover to have it after the barium meal where dr is trying 2 diagnose it

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Crohn's disease.

    is a chronic, episodic, inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by transmural inflammation (affecting the entire wall of the involved bowel) and skip lesions (areas of inflammation with areas of normal lining in between). Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus; as a result, the symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary between affected individuals. The main gastrointestinal symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea, which may be bloody, and weight loss. Crohn's disease can also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, and inflammation of the eye.

    Ulcerative Colitis

    colitis is a disease where inflammation develops in the large intestine (the colon and rectum). The most common symptom when the disease flares-up is bloody diarrhoea. You can usually prevent symptoms from flaring up by taking medication each day. When a flare-up does occur, treatment can usually ease symptoms. Surgery to remove the large intestine is needed in some cases. Colitis means 'inflammation of the colon'.

    Ulcerative means that ulcers tend to develop. An ulcer is a raw area on the lining of the intestine which may bleed.

    The inflammation and ulcers in the large intestine cause the common symptoms of diarrhoea, and passing blood and mucus.

    Symptoms are Diarrhoea. This varies from mild to severe. The diarrhoea may be mixed with mucus or pus. An urgency to get to the toilet is common. A feeling of wanting to go to the toilet but with nothing to pass is also common (tenesmus). Water is not absorbed so well in the inflamed colon, which makes the diarrhoea watery.

    Blood mixed with diarrhoea is common ('bloody diarrhoea').

    Crampy pains in the abdomen.

    Pain when passing stools.

    Proctitis. Symptoms may be different if a flare-up only affects the rectum, and not the colon. You may have fresh bleeding from the rectum, and you may form normal stools rather than have diarrhoea. You may even become constipated, but with a frequent feeling of wanting to go to the toilet.

    Feeling generally unwell is typical if the flare-up affects a large amount of the large intestine, or lasts a long time. Fever, tiredness, feeling sick, weight loss, and anaemia may develop.

    A doctor can look inside the colon using a special telescope (a short sigmoidoscope or a longer flexible colonoscope. Separate leaflets describe these tests in detail). The appearance of the inside lining of the colon may suggest UC. A small sample (biopsy) of the colon is taken and looked at under the microscope. The typical pattern of the cells seen with the microscope may confirm the diagnosis.

    A special X-ray of the large intestine (barium enema) may also be advised. This can help to show how much of the colon is affected.

  • 1 decade ago

    Crohn's Disease is the umbrella term for a lot of different sickness'. Underneath the umbrella is colitis, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and some others. Google Crohns Disease or go right to the Crohn's Foundation and they will be able to give you all the information you would want.

  • 1 decade ago

    Please see the web page for more details on Differentiating Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

    Crohn's disease is a chronic transmural inflammatory disease that usually affects the distal ileum and colon but may occur in any part of the GI tract. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal pain. Abscesses, internal and external fistulas, and bowel obstruction may arise. Extraintestinal symptoms, particularly arthritis, may occur. Diagnosis is by colonoscopy and barium contrast studies. Treatment is with 5‑ASA, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, anticytokines, antibiotics, and often surgery.

    Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory and ulcerative disease arising in the colonic mucosa, characterized most often by bloody diarrhea. Extraintestinal symptoms, particularly arthritis, may occur. Long-term risk of colon cancer is high. Diagnosis is by colonoscopy. Treatment is with 5‑ASA, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, anticytokines, antibiotics, and occasionally surgery.

  • caz_v8
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Here is the difference for you...


    It is in lamens terms and has diagrams accompanying it too. Hope this all helps you and good luck :)

    I use this site to inform my patients of the disease process and treatments.

    Source(s): Am a nurse :)
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its a different condititons. Its important to distinguishe because UC can make cancer .Its a most dangereous complication.

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