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What is microscopic colitis?

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Microscopic colitis is a type of inflammation of the colon, or large intestine, that can cause watery diarrhea and cramping. It can be painful and unpleasant. But in most cases, it's much less severe than other types of inflammatory bowel disease.

It's called microscopic because the inflammation is too small to see with the naked eye. The only way your doctor can diagnose it is to take a sample of tissue and check it under a microscope.

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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