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The severity of ulcerative colitis is determined by certain criteria.footnote 1 Ulcerative colitis can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or fulminant (very severe), which may guide treatment choices.
People who have mild ulcerative colitis may have:
People who have mild ulcerative colitis do not have fever, rapid heartbeat, or anemia.
People who have moderate ulcerative colitis may have:
People who have severe ulcerative colitis may have:
People who have fulminant ulcerative colitis may have:
Flare-ups can be so severe that they require hospitalization.
Kornbluth A, Sachar DB (2010). Ulcerative colitis practice guidelines in adults: American College of Gastroenterology, Practice Parameters Committee. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 105(3): 501-523. Available online: http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v105/n3/full/ajg2009727a.html.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
Current as ofMarch 28, 2018
Current as of:
March 28, 2018
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
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