Ulcerative Proctitis is a disease that affects the inside of the rectum, which is the final part of the large intestine before reaching the anus. Symptoms include redness, formation of sores (called ulcers), and inflammation (an uncomfortable burning) of the lining of the rectum. Many patients also experience diarrhea, bleeding, a constant need to empty one’s bowels, and accidental bowel leakage. It is still unknown what causes ulcerative proctitis, but the disease cannot be transferred between people.
A number of different medicines are used to treat the inflammation and ulcers. Stress can make the symptoms worse, but medication is usually a very effective treatment. Ulcerative Proctitis does not increase the chance of a patient getting colon cancer. Patients can expect to live normal lives with the illness. Eating more fiber in one’s diet (bran, prunes, and beans), avoiding dairy products (milk, yogurt, etc.), and taking time to relax may help with symptoms. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America is a great support group resource. Always speak with your doctor to find out the best personal plan of action.
Description Last Updated: May 30, 2018