Severity of inflammation often matters a lot more than extent does. A small coin-sized patch of severe inflammation can make your life a miserable hell. Whereas a mild severity pancolitis might be minimally invasive.
Generally speaking, the greater the extent the greater the symptoms and worry (with severity being equal among them all). Most gasteroenteroligists monitor their severe pancolitis cases the closest, as those folks are the most likely to be hospitalized due to their UC as fuliment flares with them are painful and increase the odds of dehydration, blood clots, etc. Left-side patients aren't as worrisome, although their flares suck they aren't likely to strike as hard. UP cases are of the least concern and are generally milder.
UP often involves constipation and bleeding. Left-sided can involve moderate pains, urgency, bleeding, tenesmus, and diarrhea. Pancolitis can involve a lot of pain, urgency, bleeding, tenesmus, dehydration, diarrhea in greater severity than the rest. A lot of overlap between them though!
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John, 40, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; daily 75mgs 6MP, 4.8g generic-Lialda, and rowasaYou never really appreciate what you've got until it's gone. Toilet paper is a good example.
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