Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) only affects the large intestine (colon) and rectal area, the lowest part of your intestines. The inflammation can result in small ulcers or sores, which become swollen and infected.1,2

In Europe, around 2.6 million people are living with ulcerative colitis (UC).

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Symptoms of ulcerative colitis

If you have UC, you will likely experience:4



Frequent trips to the toilet

Stomach pains

Blood, mucus or pus in stool

Like Crohn’s disease, UC is a condition that is unique to each person. You might have only mild flare‑ups followed by long periods of remission, whereas others may suffer symptoms all the time.4





1.    Crohn’s & Colitis UK. Ulcerative Colitis. Available at: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-inflammatory-bowel-disease/ulcerative-colitis. [Last accessed October 1, 2019]
2.    Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. What is Ulcerative Colitis? Available at: http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-ulcerative-colitis/. [Last accessed October 1, 2019]
3.    Ng SC, et al. Lancet. 2017;390(10114):2769–78.
4.    Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Signs and Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. Available at: http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/what-is-ulcerative-colitis/symptoms. [Last accessed October 1, 2019]

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