Basic Summary for Ulcerative colitis


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Main name of condition: Ulcerative colitis
Other names or spellings: colitis, ileitis


What is Ulcerative colitis?
  Brief description of Ulcerative colitis: Inflammation and ulcers in the large intestine
  Parent types of Ulcerative colitis: Digestive Diseases, Chronic digestive diseases, Inflammatory bowel disease, Possibly autoimmune diseases, Intestinal Conditions
  Organs Affected by Ulcerative colitis: intestine, digestive, colon
Who gets Ulcerative colitis?
  Patient Profile for Ulcerative colitis: Usually 15-40
  Profile for Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis occurs most often in people ages 15 to 40, although children and older people sometimes develop the disease. Ulcerative colitis affects men and women equally and appears to run in some families. 1
How serious is Ulcerative colitis?
  Complications of Ulcerative colitis: see complications of Ulcerative colitis
What causes Ulcerative colitis?
  Causes of Ulcerative colitis: Theories about what causes ulcerative colitis abound, but none have been proven. The most popular theory is that the body's immune system reacts to a virus or a bacterium by causing ongoing inflammation in the intestinal wall.

People with ulcerative colitis have abnormalities of the immune system, but doctors do not know whether these abnormalities are a cause or a result of the disease. Ulcerative colitis is not caused by emotional distress or sensitivity to certain foods or food products, but these factors may trigger symptoms in some people. 1
  Class of Condition for Ulcerative colitis: autoimmune possibly
  Causes of Ulcerative colitis: see causes of Ulcerative colitis


What are the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis?
  Symptoms of Ulcerative colitis: see symptoms of Ulcerative colitis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Ulcerative colitis: see treatments for Ulcerative colitis
  Research for Ulcerative colitis: see research for Ulcerative colitis
Society issues for Ulcerative colitis
  Hospitalization statistics for Ulcerative colitis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Ulcerative colitis:
  • 0.19% (23,735) of hospital consultant episodes were for ulcerative colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultant episodes for ulcerative colitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for ulcerative colitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for ulcerative colitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 23% of hospital consultant episodes for ulcerative colitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for ulcerative colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for ulcerative colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for ulcerative colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for ulcerative colitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10% of hospital consultant episodes for ulcerative colitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for ulcerative colitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.16% (84,271) of hospital bed days were for ulcerative colitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Ulcerative Colitis: NIDDK

Last revision: June 23, 2003

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