Ulcerative Colitis (UC) dramatically effects a patient’s livelihood. UC is often confused with Crohn’s Disease, another major inflammatory bowel disease. While they do differ in origin, both diseases share similar symptoms, such as blood in a patient’s stool. Furthermore, like Crohn’s Disease, UC tends to affect young people (those between the ages of fifteen and thirty).
Chronic and often severe, UC has no known cure and, in rare cases, can even be life-threatening to the patient.
The Daily Mail posted a news article about Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher, who recently underwent his third surgery for UC. Over the last few years, Fletcher has frequently struggled to stay fit. He has played just thirteen games since December 2011.
Multiple surgeries, as in Fletcher’s case, are not uncommon. UC spreads and deeply infects the lining of a patient’s colon and rectum. Although there is no known cure, correctly applied therapy has been known to markedly reduce symptoms and even lead to long-term remission.
Herman & Wallace offered their first on Bowel Pathology and Function in Stony Brook, NY last month and is in the midst of confirming dates for another course in 2014. Keep a look out for updates!