Patchy inflammation is usually a sign of Crohns. However, and this is a mistake I see a lot on this site, patchy inflammation will also present in UC when it is medicated. UC will develop continuously but does not heal under therapy in a continuous way and so can give patches of the colon that are not yet as healed as much as others. Cobblestone appearance of the patches is the more definitive sign of Crohns.
Simon1729, to clarify, I was diagnosed, unmedicated, with patchy UC. This isn't due to medication healing my bowel in a non-continuous way. My Gastro believes that I probably still have microscopic UC in the areas that don't visibly show ulcers, but my diagnosis is patchy UC.
In my case this is no mistake. Although this is atypical, apparently it's not rare:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc4071881/
Post Edited (UCyousee) : 5/5/2021 5:58:01 AM (GMT-6)