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How might ulcerative colitis (UC) affect my quality of life?

The effect of ulcerative colitis (UC) on quality of life will depend on the severity of the disease. In some cases, UC can be fairly well controlled with anti-inflammatory medications. However, as symptoms worsen, people with UC may experience extreme fatigue, dehydration, increased urge to defecate, abdominal pain, or weight loss. Symptoms may worsen with age and colonoscopy screening may find concerning polyps (tumor like growths), and a total colectomy (removal of the complete large intestine) may be indicated. In some cases, the surgeon is able to reconnect the small bowel to the rectum, but in other cases, a small hole is created on the abdomen and connected to the small intestine, where stool is able to pass into a collection bag.

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