What are the signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC)?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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UC tends to run a more severe course in children than in adults. Abdominal pain and diarrhea, with or without occult blood, are the most common symptoms at presentation. The pain is frequently colicky and, in CD, may localize to the right lower quadrant or periumbilical area. Frank rectal bleeding is more common in UC than CD.


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