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What Is Crohn's Colitis?

This Type Of Crohn's Disease Involves Inflammation In The Colon

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Updated June 04, 2014

Definition: A type of Crohn's disease that is found only in the large intestine. This type of Crohn's disease is differentiated from ulcerative colitis (which is also found only in the large intestine) by two characteristics:

  • healthy and diseased (or inflamed) sections alternate along the colon (in ulcerative colitis, the inflammation is continuous)
  • the rectum may not show any disease (the rectum is often involved in ulcerative colitis)

Pronunciation: krōnz koh-LY-tis

Also Known As: Granulomatous colitis, Crohn colitis, Crohn's-colitis

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