Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis
What is ulcerative colitis and proctitis?
Ulcerative colitis and ulcerative proctitis are both chronic colon/large intestinal diseases that are characterized by inflammation and frequent emptying of the colon. Many people who suffer from ulcerative colitis or ulcerative proctitis experience chronic diarrhea, cramping, and abdominal pain. In some cases, you might also notice blood in the stool if you have ulcerative colitis or proctitis. At Gotham Gastroenterology, our experienced gastroenterologists work with many patients each day who suffer from chronic colon conditions like ulcerative colitis. We offer a number of diagnostic, preventative, and treatment options for our patients suffering from digestive issues.
What are the causes of ulcerative colitis and proctitis?
There is no known cause for ulcerative colitis and proctitis, but many experts believe that it could be caused by an overreaction of the immune system. For some, the immune system responds incorrectly to normal digestive tract bacteria, which can cause the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and proctitis.
Does ulcerative colitis run in my family?
Many people who suffer from the digestive condition also have family members who suffer from digestive issues, so ulcerative colitis may be genetic-related.
Does ulcerative colitis affect women more than men?
It appears that both men and women are equally affected by the condition, so gender is likely not a factor.
What are ulcerative colitis and proctitis symptoms?
If you notice any of the below ulcerative colitis symptoms, contact one of our physicians at Gotham Gastroenterology for an evaluation:
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in stool
- Liver conditions
- Decreased appetite/Weight loss
- Pain in the joints
- Vision problems
How is ulcerative colitis and proctitis diagnosed by a gastrointestinal disease doctor?
Our physicians at Gotham Gastroenterology have years of experience both diagnosing and treating ulcerative colitis with:
- Stool testing
- Blood testing
How is ulcerative colitis treated at Gotham Gastroenterology?
There are a number of possible treatment options for managing ulcerative colitis and proctitis with the help of your physicians at Gotham Gastroenterology. Depending on your personal needs and the advice of your physician, one or more of the following treatment options may be used:
- Certain lifestyle changes
- Certain dietary changes
- Prescription medications
- Corticosteroids (not to be used as maintenance medications)
- Immune modifiers for maintaining remission
- Biologic therapies
- Some over-the-counter medications (as recommended by your physician)
For more information or to book an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology, contact our office at 212-794-0240. Our team of experts strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology for patients in NYC. You can also make an appointment by filling out a form.