Table of Contents
- Colitis facts
- What is colitis?
- Colitis and the anatomy of the colon
- What are the causes (types) of colitis?
- Infectious causes of colitis
- Ischemic causes of colitis
- Inflammatory bowel disease and colitis
- Microscopic colitis
- Allergic colitis in infants
- What are the symptoms of colitis?
- When should I contact my doctor about colitis?
- What kind of doctor treats colitis, and how is it diagnosed?
- How is colitis diagnosed (physical examination)?
- What blood tests and/or stool samples diagnose colitis?
- What imaging tests and procedures diagnose colitis?
- What is the treatment for colitis?
- What is the prognosis for a person with colitis?
What are the causes (types) of colitis?
Colitis describes inflammation of the colon (col=colon + itis=inflammation). Examples of causes of colitis include
- infection, for example, those caused by bacterial like C. difficile, viruses, and parasites),
- inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis,
- ischemic colitis caused by decreased blood supply,
- microscopic colitis (lymphocytic/collagenous colitis), and
- allergic reactions. Continue Reading