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via BlackDoctor:

As of now, there is no definitive cure for ulcerative colitis or UC, a chronic disease of the large intestine (colon) in which inflammation brought on by a vulnerable immune response creates sores or ulcers in the lining of the colon.

The chronic condition affects more 800,000 Americans and recent research shows that “westernized” populations and people with diets high in fat are at higher risk for UC. But no one has yet discovered the main source of the disease.

Treatments for ulcerative colitis include medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, and steroids to control inflammation and other symptoms of the condition. Removing the colon and rectum has also been favored by physicians as another form of treatment if medication doesn’t prove effective.

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