• Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms


In Ulcerative Colitis, symptoms may vary according to severity of inflammation and the part of colon involved.

Commonly found symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis are -

  • Diarrhea- When disease extends beyond the rectum, blood mixed stool or grossly bloody diarrhea is noted. Diarrhea is often in night and/or after meals which makes the sufferer rush to the bathroom.
  • Bleeding from rectum- person usually passes fresh blood or blood-stained mucus, either mixed with stool or streaked onto the surface of a normal or hard stool.
  • Abdominal Pain- severe pain is not prominently felt unless person has severe disease. Person may experience vague lower abdominal discomfort or mild central abdominal cramping.
  • Passage of mucus
  • Pain and spasm in rectum

Other symptoms -

  • ulcerative colitis symptoms
    Urgency to have bowel movement with feeling of incomplete evacuation
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
  • Fever
  • Anaemia

Ulcerative colitis also has various extra-colonic manifestations mainly in skin, eyes and joints —

  • Skin —Erythema Nodosum, pyoderma gangrenosum, Psoriasis
  • Eyes —Conjunctivitis, episcleritis, Uveitis
  • Joints —Ankylosing spondylitis, spondyloarthropathies
  • Pleuritis