Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are similar to those of Crohn’s disease, but there are certain symptoms specific to this condition.


In ulcerative colitis, there are symptoms such as abdominal pains and cramps, diarrhea, blood or mucus in the feces.
What distinguishes ulcerative colitis from Crohn’s disease is the fact that the presence of blood in the feces is significantly more common, frequent bowel movements as well as an urgent need to defecate.


Around one in ten patients with ulcerative colitis develop a serious form of this illness, which is characterized by having up to 20 bowel movements per day.

The entire colon may be equally affected, which is known as ‘pancolitis’. In this case, the diarrhea is much more severe and is accompanied by blood loss, which causes fatigue, weight loss, dehydration and anemia.

Last updated: 9/16/18