Microscopic Colitis (Lymphocytic Colitis and Collagenous Colitis)

  • Medical Author: Bhupinder Anand, MD
  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

woman with abdominal pain

Can microscopic colitis be prevented?

Since the cause of microscopic colitis is not known, no advice can be provided about preventing this disease.

What is the prognosis of microscopic colitis?

The long term prognosis (course) of microscopic colitis is not clear. In approximately two-thirds of the patients with microscopic colitis, the diarrhea resolves spontaneously after several years. The remaining one-third of the patients with microscopic colitis experience persistent or intermittent diarrhea and/or abdominal pain for many years (possibly indefinitely) as there is no cure for the condition.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery

REFERENCES:

MedscapeReference.com. Collagenous and Lymphocytic Colitis.

R H Riddell, M Tanaka, and G Mazzoleni. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as a possible cause of collagenous colitis: a case-control study. Gut. 1992 May; 33(5): 683–686.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/20/2015

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