Health Tip: Signs That May Indicate Ulcerative Colitis

Including abdominal pain and diarrhea

(HealthDay News) -- Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease, causing inflammation of the lining of the large intestine or rectum. This prevents fluid from being absorbed into the bloodstream.

The American Gastroenterological Association says typical warning signs of ulcerative colitis include:

  • Pain and cramping in the abdomen, diarrhea and bleeding from the rectum.
  • Nausea or fever.
  • Fatigue or joint pain.
  • Losing weight.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Problems with the liver.
  • Losing fluids and nutrients.
  • Frequent bleeding, which can result in anemia.
  • Redness and swelling of the eyes.
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