Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are similar to those of Crohn’s disease, but there are certain symptoms specific to this condition.


In ulcerative colitis, there are symptoms such as abdominal pains and cramps, diarrhoea, blood or mucus in the faeces.
What distinguishes ulcerative colitis from Crohn’s disease is the fact that the presence of blood in the faeces is significantly more common, frequent bowel movements as well as an urgent need to defecate.


Around one in ten patients with ulcerative colitis develop a serious form of this illness, which is characterised by having up to 20 bowel movements per day.

The entirety of the colon may be equally effected, which is known as ‘pancolitis’. In this case, the diarrhoea is much more severe and is accompanied by blood loss, which causes fatigue, weight loss, dehydration and anaemia.

Last updated: 22/12/2018

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