Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is defined as a chronic inflammatory bowel disease of undetermined cause characterized by bloody diarrhea.

 

It occurs in 50-150 of 100,000 people, and most commonly occurs between the ages of 14 to 38.

 

Unfortunately, the cause is idiopathic (unknown). 

 

The most commonly experienced signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis are:

  • Dehydration, fever, weight loss
  • Anorexia, nausea, abdominal pain, lower abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea with a feeling of difficulty during elimination, blood and mucus in stools

 

Always be aware of the following complications that may arise:

  • Bleeding
  • Toxic colitis
  • Toxic megacolon
  • Increased risk for colon cancer.

 

The following diagnostic tools or results are often used or found when diagnosing ulcerative colitis:

  • Anemia, increased WBCs (white blood cells)
  • Low calcium, low magnesium, low potassium
  • Low albumin
  • High ESR
  • pANCA (anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies with a perinuclear staining pattern)
  • Colonoscopy

 

From a Naturopathic standpoint, Dr. Moira Kwok ND will obtain a very thorough medical history in order to put all of your "puzzle pieces" together to form a whole picture of everything that is going on from a health perspective.  From this holistic approach to treatment, she will put together an individualized treatment plan based on a combination of dietary and lifestyle recommendations, supplements, botanicals, acupuncture and/or IV therapy that is based on your specific case. 

 

References

  • Beers MH & Berkow R (Editors).  1999.  The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th Ed.).  Merck Research Laboratories: Whitehouse Station, NJ. 
  • Ferri FF.  2007.  Ferri’s Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment.  Mosby Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA.
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