What is the recurrence rate of ulcerative colitis (UC)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The average patient with ulcerative colitis has a 50% probability of having another flare during the next 2 years; however, patients may have only one flare over 25 years, and others may have almost persistently active disease. A small percentage of patients with ulcerative colitis have a single attack and no recurrence. Typically, remissions and exacerbations are characteristic of this disease, with acute attacks lasting weeks to months.


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