Ulcerative colitis is usually diagnosed after ruling out other possible causes that display similar signs and symptoms.
Your doctor may perform several tests to confirm a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis. These include:
Your doctor may prescribe medication or recommend surgery to treat your ulcerative colitis.
Several types of medicines can be used depending on the severity and location of the disease. Medicines that are used to treat ulcerative colitis include:
Surgery can cure ulcerative colitis but often involves removal of the entire colon and rectum. This is usually the last resort in severe cases where the patient is not responding to medication or the patient's life is at stake.
As part of the surgery, your doctor will perform a procedure called an ileal pouch-anal anastomosis. In this procedure, a pouch is constructed from the end of the small intestine and attached to the anus to allow for waste excretion.
If a pouch is not possible, your doctor will create a permanent opening in the abdomen through which stool is passed into an attached bag.
It is important to seek early treatment for ulcerative colitis. Speak to our gastroenterologists for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.