Ulcerative colitisCauses

The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, although it's thought to be the result of a problem with the immune system.

overview

Ulcerative colitis is inflammation of the lower end of your digestive system, including your large bowel and rectum.

symptoms

Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include frequent diarrhoea (which may be bloody), stomach aches and needing to go to the toilet a lot.

causes

It's not clear what causes ulcerative colitis. A possible cause is your immune system attacking your digestive system.

treatments_overview

Ulcerative colitis is usually treated with medicines that reduce the inflammation in your digestive system. Surgery may be needed in severe cases.

Page last reviewed: 23/01/2019
Next review due: 23/01/2022