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Glossary for Collagenous Colitis

  • Abdominal Pain: A condition which is characterized by the sensation of pain that is located in the abdomen
  • Abdominal conditions: Medical conditions affecting the abdominal region.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Bismuth subsalicylate -- Teratogenic Agent: There is strong evidence to indicate that exposure to Bismuth subsalicylate during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • CREST syndrome: Group of symptoms usually related to systemic sclerosis
  • Celiac Disease: Digestive intolerance to gluten in the diet.
  • Chronic Diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea is long-term, ongoing lose, watery and frequent stools.
  • Colitis: Inflammation of the colon
  • Colon inflammation: Inflammation of the layers of the colon usually due to infection or other autoimmune factors.
  • Crohn's disease: Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. The disease can affect any area from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum.
  • Dehydration: Loss of fluids in the body
  • Diabetes: Failing or reduced ability of the body to handle sugars.
  • Digestive Diseases: Diseases that affect the digestive system
  • Fatigue: Excessive tiredness or weakness.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease: Inflammatory bowel disease refers to digestive symptoms resulting from chronic bowel inflammation. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are two of the main subtypes of the disease. Scientists have discovered an array of genetic mutations which can result in an increased susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease. Not all people with the genetic anomaly will develop the condition but it can increase the risk especially if other environmental factors are also present. The severity of the disease that develops is variable.
  • Intestinal Conditions: Conditions that affect the intestines
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: Spasms in the colon wall
  • Lymphocytic colitis: Inflammation of the colon which is only visible through a microscope.
  • Mucus membrane conditions: Medical conditions affecting any of the mucus membranes.
  • Non-pathogenic inflammatory conditions: Medical disorders that cause inflammation, but are not due to any infectious pathogen.
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis: Primary biliary cirrhosis is a chronic and progressive cholestatic disease of the liver.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Autoimmune form of arthritis usually in teens or young adults.
  • Scleroderma: A rare, progressive connective tissue disorder involving thickening and hardening of the skin and connective tissue. There are a number of forms of scleroderma with some forms being systemic (involving internal organs).
  • Thyroid disorders: Any disorder of the thyroid gland.
  • Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis (Colitis ulcerosa, UC) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis, a disease of the intestine, specifically the large intestine or colon, that includes characteristic ulcers, or open sores, in the colon.
  • Weight loss: Loss of body weight.

 

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