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Inflammatory bowel disease - ulcerative colitis; IBD - ulcerative colitis
The symptoms vary in severity and may start slowly or suddenly. About half of people only have mild symptoms. Others have more severe attacks that occur more often. Many factors can lead to attacks, including respiratory infections or physical stress.
Children's growth may slow.
Other symptoms that may occur with ulcerative colitis include the following:
Colonoscopy is also used to screen people with ulcerative colitis for colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colon cancer. If you have this condition, you should be screened with colonoscopy about 8 - 12 years after being diagnosed. You should have a follow-up colonoscopy every 1 - 2 years.
Other tests that may be done to help diagnose this condition include:
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