Colitis is an inflammatory condition of the colon that causes persistent, watery stools or diarrhea. There are several different types of classification of colitis including collagenous and lymphocytic colitis as well as ischemic and ulcerative colitis.
In cases of collagenous or lymphocytic colitis, Dr. Murrell may suggest lifestyle changes or medications to treat the inflammation. In rare, severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Symptoms of collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis include:
- Chronic, loose and watery diarrhea
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Weight loss
- Fecal incontinence
Inflammation from ischemic colitis develops when blood flow is reduced to the large intestine. This condition may lead to permanent colon damage. Common symptoms of this condition can include pain on the left of the abdomen, urgent bowel movement and bloody diarrhea. Most cases of this condition are mild, but can become more severe so early diagnosis with Dr. Murrell is key to recovery.
Ulcerative colitis is a more serious condition and is classified as an inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn's disease, where chronic, long-lasting inflammation develops in the digestive tract.
This debilitating condition can have life-threatening complications. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, please contact Dr. Murrell for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment.
This condition affects the inner lining of the large intestine and rectum as well as along continuous stretches of the colon. Beverly Hills proctologist Dr. Murrell can recommend treatments and therapies that can reduce the severity of the symptoms, since there is no cure for this type of colitis.
Chronic bowel irritation can be incredibly unpleasant to deal with on a daily basis and can damage the future of your health, but with expert care and early action many of these symptoms can be managed or alleviated. It is in your best interest, if you are experiencing Colitis symptoms to contact Dr. Murrel, a colorectal surgeon Los Angeles patients can depend on.