No. 70 cm is about
2' 3", which is about
half the length of an adult colon. Pancolitis refers to active inflammation in the entire colon.
There is such a wide range of what constitutes "normal" for the course of ulcerative colitis... My disease went from being active in the entire colon except the last foot or so, to involving the entire colon and the terminal ileum (backwash ileitis), over the course of about
four months -- and the entire time I was on prednisone.
I would say proctitis is the initial diagnosis that is least likely to spread -- proctitis is more likely to stay proctitis, whereas, say, left sided disease is more likely to expand and perhaps someday become pancolitis. But I'm not at all *surprised* by what you've found in your record. It's not unusual.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13