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What is ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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If your doctor says you have ulcerative colitis (UC), it means you have a long-term disease that inflames the lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Most folks find out they have it between the ages of 15 and 30.

With this condition, you may get symptoms like bloody bowel movements or diarrhea. You may alternate between periods of flare-ups -- when the symptoms are active -- and remission -- when they disappear. The remission periods can last from weeks to years.

From: Ulcerative Colitis Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?" "Surgery for Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis."

FDA: "FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 4, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?" "Surgery for Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis."

FDA: "FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 4, 2018

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