Ulcerative Colitis

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Man holds stomach in discomfort, he is suffering from ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis is a condition characterized by swelling and sores in the colon. People with this problem often end up having to arrange their lives around having quick access to a bathroom. It’s a miserable problem, but fortunately, a variety of treatments can help, sometimes dramatically.

An estimated 3 million people in the United States have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, another form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Yale Medicine is highly regarded for our treatment of IBD. We take a multidisciplinary approach, offering team-based care from doctors, surgeons, nurses, a social worker and a dietitian. Additionally, we offer opportunities for patients to participate in research studies evaluating mood disorders and IBD, and multi-center new drug treatment protocols.

“Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease and if someone is feeling poorly, it really affects their life and it can be very frustrating,” says Deborah Proctor, MD, a Yale Medicine gastroenterologist and medical director of the Yale Medicine Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. “We aim to get patients into clinical remission so they will be able to live just like anyone else.”

Yale School of Medicine is one of only six genetic research centers supported by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) seeking to advance the discovery of genes influencing an individual’s risk for developing ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.