Department of Health


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
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting, and
  • Weight loss.

Further information

For more information and support with Crohn's Disease, contact either your doctor or the Australian Crohn's & Colitis Association on the information below:

Level 1, 462 Burwood Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Phone: 03 9815 1266
Fax 03 9815 1299
Freecall: 1800 138 029