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What are the causes of microscopic colitis?

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Experts aren't sure why people get microscopic colitis. But bacteria, toxins, or viruses are possible causes. It could also be related to a problem with your immune system. Your body may react to a false threat and start to attack the cells in your own digestive tract.

Some medications can make you more likely to get microscopic colitis, including:

Anyone can get microscopic colitis. But it's more common in women and in people 45 or older. It may also run in families.

  • Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Heartburn drugs
  • Certain antidepressants

From: What Is Microscopic Colitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Microscopic Colitis."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Collagenous Colitis and Lymphocytic Colitis," "Microscopic Colitis: Collagenous Colitis and Lymphocytic Colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Microscopic Colitis."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Collagenous Colitis and Lymphocytic Colitis," "Microscopic Colitis: Collagenous Colitis and Lymphocytic Colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 22, 2017

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