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Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

About Ulcerative Colitis

In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about Ulcerative Colitis (UC), as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. It affects the innermost lining of your colon and rectum. Many people find UC debilitating and it can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. It is one of the two most common conditions associated with inflammatory bowel disease, the other being Crohn’s disease (CD).

These two conditions should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the colon.

Irritable bowel syndrome does not involve intestinal inflammation like CD or UC but the symptoms are very similar, which often leads to misdiagnosis. There are four main types of UC:

For more information, please visit Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


Please note that the information on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. Speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health, medical condition, symptoms or treatment options.


Mayo Clinic (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


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