Medical Q&As

Is there a cure for colitis?

Is there a cure for colitis?

The term colitis simply means inflammation of the colon and is not a precise diagnostic label. Colitis can occur as a result of a variety of different diseases including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can present like appendicitis except the pain is on the left side of the abdomen. The other two conditions can present with varying degrees of severity and can recur. The management of all three conditions would initially be conservative which means the doctor attempts to treat the condition medically. Depending on the severity of the presentation surgery is occasionally necessary. Our management of these conditions has improved enormously but it would be wrong to say that we can cure them. However we can control them far better than in the past.