Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the rectum and colon. These sores, known as ulcers, can flare up and cause painful symptoms, and can increase the risk for colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease and is similar to Crohn's disease.
Ulcerative colitis usually begins between the ages of 15 and 30, although many people over the age of 50 also develop the disease. The cause of ulcerative colitis is not known, but may be associated with immune system abnormalities. While stress and other environmental factors are not causes, they may trigger symptoms..
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis may occur in flare-ups that are sudden and severe, or begin gradually with mild symptoms. Although each person experiences the disease differently, common symptoms include:
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Treatment for ulcerative colitis depends on the severity of the disease, but can include drug therapy to induce and maintain remission, hospitalization to treat severe symptoms, or surgery to remove the colon and rectum. Some patients with ulcerative colitis may eventually need their colons removed because of excessive bleeding and a high risk of cancer. Dr. Prokupek can help you decide which treatment option is best for you.
Dale Prokupek, MD is an award-winning, board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He has over 14 years of experience treating ulcerative colitis, including the most complex cases. He understands the need for thorough evaluation, aggressive treatment, and close follow-up. Dr. Prokupek uses the most current, state-of-the-art medical equipment to accurately diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases.
Dale Prokupek, MD receives outstanding reviews from patients, and has been awarded the Patient’s Choice Award. He is also an associate clinical professor of medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Prokupek sees patients at his private practice in Beverly Hills, and at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.