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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine (the colon) and the rectum. This disease causes inflammation of the colon's inner lining and the rectal wall, which becomes red, swollen, and ulcerated. People with Ulcerative Colitis have abnormalities of the immune system. With Ulcerative Colitis, the body’s immune system is believed to react abnormally to bacteria in the digestive tract.

What Causes Ulcerative Colitis in Dallas TX?

The exact cause of Ulcerative Colitis is not known. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “The most firmly established and quantitatively greatest risk factor for developing ulcerative colitis is a family history, and plays a role in 12-15% of cases”. Other causes, such as environmental and factors are being actively researched as possible causes as well.

What Are the Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis in Dallas TX?

The symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis vary among people with this disease.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Loss Of Appetite
  • Loss Of Body Fluids/Dehydration
  • Loss of Nutrients
  • Skin Lesions
  • Weight loss
  • Arthritis
  • Eye Problems

How is Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed in Dallas TX?

Ulcerative Colitis can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to those of many other medical conditions. James Hakert, M.D. will want to perform tests or procedures to make the correct diagnosis. The following procedures or tests may be performed:
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Anoscopy
  • Blood Tests
  • CT Scan (Computerized Tomography)

How is Ulcerative Colitis Treated in Dallas TX?

Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis depends on the severity of the disease and its symptoms. Each person experiences Ulcerative Colitis differently, so treatment is adjusted for each individual. Generally your gastroenterologist in Dallas TX will start a treatment regimen beginning with medications hoping to reduce and maintain remission. Some of the more common medications prescribed are:
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-Diarrheals
  • Anti-Inflammatories
  • Immune System Suppressors
  • Iron/Calcium/Vitamin Supplements
At times when drug therapy no longer controls symptoms, surgery may be necessary. People who cannot tolerate the constant battle with their disease sometimes choose to have their colon surgically removed.

James Hakert, M.D.
8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 710 Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 368-6707
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