Fulminant colitis is the most severe and rarest form of ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. It is characterized by an inflamed digestive tract and symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea. Fulminant colitis is life threatening. It impacts the entire colon and causes severe pain, diarrhea, dehydration, and even shock. This disease can result in dangerous complications, such as a ruptured colon and toxic megacolon, which results when the colon becomes severely distended (abnormally swelled or stretched from internal pressure).
- Q How common is fulminant colitis?
- Q Can fulminant colitis be prevented?
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my fulminant colitis symptoms?
- Q How do medications treat fulminant colitis?
- Q Is fulminant colitis serious?
- Q Are there alternative treatments for fulminant colitis?