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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My last colonoscopy showed nonspecific colitis, but was terminated due to swelling, inflammation and adhesions from prior surgeries.  The doctor was able to go up 35 cm and the biopsy from there showes moderate to chronic colitis with moderate edema.  No skipped patches...constant inflammation to that point.  How would this be classified if it is in fact UC? left sided colitis?  Any input would be appreciated.

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   Posted 4/15/2009 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
it would be considered proctosigmoiditis or proctitis if it's not up into the sigmoid...depending on your own rectal/colon measurements.. Left-sided is definitely past the sigmoid and up to the splenic flexure...some may have it somewhere between.
Nonspecific means not determined as of yet. Sounds like UC, and hopefully the doc took biopsies, which  will help in the diagnosis by making sure there are no other culprits for the severe inflammation. There are a few things that can mimic UC.

CD can also happen in the pattern of UC and in the early stages will look exactly like it until it affects deeper than the mucosal/submucosal layer.


*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 4/15/2009 12:24:58 AM (GMT-6)

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