Colitis Specialist

Triborough GI

Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Staten Island, NY

It takes the right treatment to overcome the severe abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea, and other debilitating symptoms associated with colitis. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI in New York have the medical skill and expertise you need to deal with this often-painful condition. They also take a patient-first approach to health care that you’ll notice right away and appreciate throughout your doctor/patient relationship. Schedule a visit at one of their three convenient locations in Brooklyn, Staten Island, or the Bronx. Call one of the offices or book your appointment online today.

Colitis Q&A

What is colitis?

Colitis is a chronic digestive disease that’s typically characterized by inflammation of the inner lining of the large or small intestine. Often related to inflammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, colitis can cause permanent damage and scarring to the intestinal walls.

It’s important not to confuse irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBS can cause many frustrating and painful symptoms, but it does not damage your intestines like IBD can, and the symptoms of IBS are generally less severe.

What are the symptoms of colitis?

The symptoms of IBD can vary and range from mild to severe. You may experience symptoms for weeks to months and then go into a period of remission. Because there is no cure for IBD, your symptoms can return at any time.

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have some symptoms in common, which may include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Mild-to-severe abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in your stools
  • Decreased appetite and unintended weight loss

Both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis can also cause severe diarrhea that puts you at risk for dehydration.

What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease?

Ulcerative colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Crohn’s can target both the large and small intestines and spread inflammation deep into the affected tissue.

The possible complications associated with each are different as well. Crohn’s, for instance, can lead to:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Malnutrition
  • Open sores (ulcers) anywhere in your digestive tract, including your mouth and anus

Ulcerative colitis may lead to a serious condition known as toxic megacolon, which occurs when the colon rapidly swells and widens. This can also cause a bowel perforation. Both conditions require immediate medical care.

Having any form of IBD increases your risk of developing colon cancer. IBD can also cause skin, eye, and joint inflammation. Certain disorders, including arthritis, may occur during IBD flare-ups.

Regardless of which type of IBD you have, the experts at Triborough GI are well-equipped to accurately diagnose the condition and develop a personalized treatment strategy that reduces the frequency of your flare-ups and addresses the symptoms you’re experiencing now. Call the practice to schedule a visit or book your appointment online.