Colitis Ulcer

The Colon and Rectal linings are continuously inflamed with constant inflammation caused by Ulcerative Colitis (UC), an autoimmune form of irritable bowel disease. This causes thinning of that lining and erosions. 

It is common for those with mild UC to have a normal physical examination. The following symptoms are common in patients with moderate to severe UC:

  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • A higher heart rate
  • A pale complexion; and
  • Possible signs of malnutrition

There are several risks associated with UC, including blood loss, colon perforation, damage to other layers of the colon, and inflammation of the system.

Colitis Ulcer

Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Severe internal cramps/muscle spasms in the pelvis; and
  • Weight loss

There may be non-gut-related signs as well, such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • A rapid heart rate represents anaemia due to the blood loss experienced