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Signs & Symptoms Gastroenterology

Ulcerative Colitis
Signs and Symptoms

Commonly, the first symptom of colitis is a progressive loosening of stool, or diarrhea. The stool may be bloody and may occur with abdominal pain, cramps and a severe urgency to have a bowel movement. Skin lesions and pain in the joints also may occur. Colitis can be associated with problems such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Liver disease such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin rashes
  • Anemia

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.