Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a disease that causes inflamation and ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. The inflamation kills the normal lining of the colon causing ulcers which then bleed and produce pus. This causes the bowel to empty frequently resulting in diarrhea. Ulcerative colitis differs from Crohn's disease in that Crohn's extends deeper into the lining of the intestine and can occur anywhere in the GI tract. There are several theories as to what causes Ulcerative Colitis, though none have been proven. It is thought to be caused by an altered immune response from the body which sees certain food, bacteria, and other substances as foreign thus causing the body to attack the "invaders" leading to the accumulation of white blood cells which then causes inflamation and subsequent ulcers. Ulcerative colitis usually develops between the ages of 15 and 30. It affects males and females equally and tends to run in families. Symptoms of UC include abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea, but patients may also experince anemia fatigue, weight loss, loss of apetite, joint pain, and skin lesions.
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Phone: 215-257-5071 Fax: 215-257-1801 817 Lawn Avenue Sellersville, PA 18960
Center for GI Health Lansdale
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Center for GI Health Springhouse
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Phone: 215-453-3050 817 Lawn Avenue Sellersville, PA 18960
About Us The Center for GI Health, formerly known as Upper Bucks Medical Associates, has been serving the community since 1973. Our practice has expanded over the years from one to four physicians. CGI is dedicated to provide the highest level of care combining experience and education with compassion and understanding. We have most recently added a female physician to our practice in 2006. This has added a level of comfort for those patients who seek a female to deliver their GI care. CGI has full staff privileges at Grand View Hospital located just across the street from our office and Endoscopy Center.
Hospital Affiliations The Center for GI Health and The Endoscopy Center are affiliated with Grand View Hospital in Sellersville PA and Abington Hospital in Lansdale PA.
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