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What is Collagenous Colitis?

By Anonymous May 18, 2018 - 5:56pm
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A lady has had severe diarrhea for years.

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Hello. Thank you for your question.

Collagenous colitis is a newly-recognized disease of the colon. On sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, the bowel lining appears to be normal, but microscopic examination of biopsies shows inflammation and the presence of a band-like substance called collagen which is a component of scar tissue. The primary symptom of collagenous colitis is watery diarrhea, but there also may be abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, and, rarely, weight loss. Diagnosis is made with the microscopic exam of colonic biopsies. The disease may last for years and may subside with or without treatment.


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