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can ulcerative colitis kill someone?

Asked by msla2003 (1points) March 2nd, 2008 from iPhone

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delirium's avatar

Next time, try a quick google before you ask. :)

msla2003's avatar

I have,this is a disease with little exact fact,that’s why I was throwing it out there.I have it.

artemisdivine's avatar

there are some thoughtless inconsiderate people on here (not singling out this one i have seen MANY they all need a kick in the pants) just ignore them. here are some links to help you i am so sorry sounds like an awful disease

While ulcerative colitis is a serious chronic disease, it is not considered a fatal illness. Most people with the illness may continue to lead useful and productive lives, even though they may be hospitalized from time to time, or need to take medications. In between flare-ups of the disease, many individuals feel well and may be relatively free of symptoms. But again, everyone is different, and it is up to you and your physician to find the treatment that works best for you.

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What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. Ulcers form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually line the colon, then bleed and produce pus. Inflammation in the colon also causes the colon to empty frequently, causing diarrhea.

When the inflammation occurs in the rectum and lower part of the colon it is called ulcerative proctitis. If the entire colon is affected it is called pancolitis. If only the left side of the colon is affected it is called limited or distal colitis.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the small intestine and colon. It can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other intestinal disorders and to another type of IBD called Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease differs because it causes inflammation deeper within the intestinal wall and can occur in other parts of the digestive system including the small intestine, mouth, esophagus, and stomach.

Ulcerative colitis can occur in people of any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30, and less frequently between 50 and 70 years of age. It affects men and women equally and appears to run in families, with reports of up to 20 percent of people with ulcerative colitis having a family member or relative with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. A higher incidence of ulcerative colitis is seen in Whites and people of Jewish descent.

What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?
The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Patients also may experience

weight loss
loss of appetite
rectal bleeding
loss of body fluids and nutrients
skin lesions
joint pain
growth failure (specifically in children)

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Ulcerative colitis is a rare disease, with an incidence of about one person per 10,000 in North America. The disease tends to be more common in northern areas. Although ulcerative colitis has no known cause, there is a presumed genetic component to susceptibility
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Complications of ulcerative colitis can involve other parts of the body. Ten percent of the patients can develop inflammation of the joints (arthritis). Some patients have low back pain due to arthritis of the sacroiliac joints. Rarely, patients may develop painful, red, skin nodules (erythema nodosum). Yet others can have painful, red eyes (uveitis, episcleritis). Because these particular complications can risk permanent vision impairment, eye pain or redness are symptoms that require a physician’s evaluation. Diseases of the liver and bile ducts may also be associated with ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcers form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually line the colon.

lataylor's avatar

UC is a chronic, usually curable illness. It can rarely cause megacolon acutely and if a person does not get appropriate care at that time (colectomy) there is a theoretical risk that the person could die from septic shock associated with the megacolon.

Laniee's avatar

I was hospitalized for 3months with the disease and now finally at age 13 I was told I wasn’t aloud to eat or else could get serious infections which could kill me since the walls of the colon itself were so delicate. After trying all of the existing medications, I decided to get a colectomy. I Have to now live with a stoma, but it has only been a motnhs and the quality of my life is already improving, I’m off ALL medications and can eat whatever I want. Getting a colectomy actually cures the disease, therefor, no more flare ups! I’m not saying that this is the only decision, many people have their disease under control with medications like immuran and remecade. I was on immuran without a flare for three years.

So I believe without proper care, if you were to become dangerously enimic (high blood loss resulting in low blood-iron levels) or if you were to catch an infection from bacteria entering the blood stream through the walls of the colon, then you could die.

akazikian's avatar

Sometimes it seems that ulcerative colitis has killed a person, but on closer examination it is suicide by said person who can’t fucking take having ulcerative colitis any longer.

So in short yes, it can kill you.

akazikian's avatar

“usually curable illness” hahahahahahaha yeah right

musicislife75's avatar

i read an article once about a person that has crohnns (which is pretty close to UC). his crohns was so bad that he that he wasn’t eating and almost died from starvation. that is the closest thing that i know of UC or crohns killing someone.
im pretty sure that it can’t.

Mlb1985's avatar

I had a friend die of colitis two days ago. He was only 26 years old. He has been in and out of hospitals for years. So yes it can be fatal.

Yesucan's avatar

Yes you can. I have had 1 general physician confirm that people certainly do die from chrons , ulcerative colitis. I know of a person who asked her psychiatrist and he said yes,& described ways that made sense. Sometimes when the ulcers burst, & since the nerve endings of these ulcers deaden , the person has no clue at all the pain is different from normal pain this disease causes & when it bursts you will then pass out and that leads to death. Ive had a counselor who has chrons disease have a friend and another young person pass from ulcerative colitis. A head nurse of all the nurses at the hosp., her daughter has ulcerative colitis this nurse knows & has told her daughter all the signs to look for with the disease, so she is very knowledgeable & very informed, her daughter, died at age 22 from the disease. So yes if anyone tells you you cant, they are very misinformed & do not know the severity if these diseases.

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