How can you tell if you have ulcerative colitis? Symptoms include:
You may also have other symptoms, such as:
Ulcerative colitis can lead to an extremely rare potentially life-threatening condition called toxic megacolon. The inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis can make the colon enlarge to the point where it may tear or burst, spilling the contents of the colon into the abdominal cavity.
Seek immediate medical attention if you notice these symptoms of toxic megacolon:
It's not always possible to tell whether you have ulcerative colitis from symptoms alone. That's why it's important to visit your doctor for a diagnosis. If you think you may have ulcerative colitis, see your doctor to find out for sure.
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