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Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that involves ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis inflammation affects the colon (large intestine). In children, the condition often affects the entire colon.
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There isn’t anything you or your parents did to get the disease, so you don’t have to feel guilty about it. It is not contagious, which means it can’t be “caught” by someone else.Pediatric GI doctor
The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. There is likely an interaction between a child's genetic makeup and their environment that triggers the condition. Many factors can cause ulcerative colitis flare-ups, including infections and physical stress.
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis can vary and may include:
If your child shows signs of ulcerative colitis, a pediatric gastroenterologist can perform the following exams and tests to make a diagnosis:
Treatments for ulcerative colitis include:
Visit the websites below to find support groups and services and learn more about ulcerative colitis.
Riley at IU Health offers a broad range of supportive services to make life better for families who choose us for their children's care.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) sponsors support groups and summer camps for children living with ulcerative colitis and provides extensive information about the condition on its website.
The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition provides patient outreach and education for children and families living with ulcerative colitis.
Our pediatric specialists actively participate in a large variety of local and national research studies for ulcerative colitis. These studies are examining new treatments and new tests to help with diagnosis. We are also participating in studies about the quality of life in children with IBD. Your physician may ask you about your interest in participating in these studies.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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