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    Ulcerative Colitis - Cause

    The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. It may be caused by an abnormal response by the body's immune system to normal intestinal bacteria. Disease-causing bacteria and viruses also may play a role.

    Ulcerative colitis can run in families.

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    The Link Between Stress and Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis can begin very early. At the age of 12, for instance, Amanda Sina Griffith found herself the object of a custody battle -- and was besieged by painful stomachcramps and bloody diarrhea. “I’d had very mild stomach symptoms before; my doctor thought it was a bacterial infection. But now, it was worse,” she recalls. The diagnosis was ulcerative colitis. Now 31, the Norton, Mass., public relations consultant and mother of a 7-month-old still finds that when she’s under stress...

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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