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The severity of
ulcerative colitis is determined by certain criteria.footnote 1
Ulcerative colitis can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or fulminant (very severe), which may
guide treatment choices.
People who have mild ulcerative colitis may
People who have mild ulcerative colitis do not have fever, rapid
People who have moderate ulcerative colitis
People who have severe ulcerative colitis
People who have fulminant ulcerative colitis may have:
Flare-ups can be so severe that they require hospitalization.
Kornbluth A, Sachar DB (2010). Ulcerative colitis practice guidelines in adults: American College of Gastroenterology, Practice Parameters Committee. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 105(3): 501–523. Available online: http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v105/n3/full/ajg2009727a.html.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
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