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Ulcerative colitis can be fairly easy to diagnose, because it normally affects only the colon and rectum . And it usually causes an obvious change in daily bowel habits, such as frequent stools with blood or mucus.
Your doctor may:
Other exams and tests that may be used include:
Some people have symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but neither Crohn's disease nor ulcerative colitis can be diagnosed. These people have a form of IBD called indeterminate colitis. Doctors believe that it has features of both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
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