What is pancolitis?

What is pan-ulcerative colitis (pancolitis)?

Pancolitis is a form of ulcerative colitis (UC) which affects the entire large intestine. It is a life-long chronic condition which cannot currently be cured and is part of a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

It is thought that around 20% of people with UC have pan-ulcerative colitis.

Some people start with another form of UC - proctitisproctosigmoiditis or left-sided colitis - but over time the inflammation spreads throughout their colon resulting in pan-ulcerative colitis.

It's full name is pan-ulcerative colitis, though is often referred to as just pancolitis, total colitis or universal colitis.

What is ulcerative colitis?

UC causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gut).

In UC small ulcers can develop on the colon’s lining which produce pus and mucus. This can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon (diarrhoea).

What are the symptoms of pancolitis?

Typical symptoms of pan-ulcerative colitis include:

What treatments are there for pan-ulcerative colitis?

Treatments currently include medication and surgery. Some people have severely inflamed or damaged parts of their colon surgically removed. This can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of pan-ulcerative colitis, however it does not get rid of the disease and there is a risk that it will return to another area of the colon in the future.

Some people also make adjustments to their diet and lifestyle to support their medical treatment - such as exercise, improving quality of sleep, reducing stress.

What complications can occur with pan-ulcerative colitis?

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