Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease affecting only the large intestine (considered the colon and rectum). The disease causes inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the large intestine. The inflammation can cause tiny open sores to form on the surface of the lining.

The cause of UC is unknown, but most people diagnosed have other issues with their immune system. Ulcerative colitis can affect anyone, but those between the ages of 15-30 or 50-70 have a higher risk. Once diagnosed it is important to watch for “triggers” and talk to your Asheville Gastroenterology Associates doctor about your dietary needs.

Because chronic inflammation damages the lining of the intestinal wall, it may cause the following symptoms:

  • diarrhea
  • bloody stool
  • abdominal pain
  • cramping