Colitis, like Crohn's disease, is an inflammation of the digestive tract, specifically the lining of the large bowel. Both the rectum and colon can be affected. When the rectum is affected in isolation, the condition is called ulcerative proctitis. When the colon is affected the condition is called pan-colitis.
The symptoms and severity vary from person to person and may flare up or improve over time. Many people will experience periods of remission when they are completely free of symptoms. However, people who have Colitis may experience any or all of the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Mouth ulcers
- Vomiting, and
- Weight loss.
For more information and support with Crohn's Disease, contact either your doctor or the Australian Crohn's & Colitis Association on the information below: