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How Ulcerative Colitis Affected Brian Austin Green

Allergy & Immunology

18 Apr 2022 | 0 | by kjh

2558810login-checkHow Ulcerative Colitis Affected Brian Austin Green

Brian Austin Green, known for the show Beverly Hills 90210, recently went public about his struggle with ulcerative colitis.  He announced that he had been out of touch with any social media or events for 6-6-½ weeks. Why is that important?  Because when celebrities go public about health issues, more people listen.  Awareness of medical problems helps people feel comfortable talking about the same disorder.  

A lot of people might not want to talk about ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a condition in which the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum become inflamed. It is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a related condition.

According to Mount Sinai Healththe cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. People with this condition have problems with the immune system. However, it is not clear if immune problems cause this illness. Stress and certain foods can trigger symptoms, but they do not cause ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis may affect any age group. There are peaks at ages 15 to 30 and then again at ages 50 to 70.

The disease begins in the rectal area. It may stay in the rectum or spread to higher areas of the large intestine. However, the disease does not skip areas. It may involve the entire large intestine over time.

Risk factors include a family history of ulcerative colitis, autoimmune diseases, or Jewish ancestry.

The symptoms can be more or less severe. They may start slowly or suddenly. Half of the people affected only have mild symptoms. Others have more severe attacks that occur more often. Many factors can lead to attacks.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the abdomen (belly area) and cramping.
  • A gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine.
  • Blood and possibly pus in the stools.
  • Diarrhea, from only a few episodes to very often.
  • Fever.
  • Feeling that you need to pass stools, even though your bowels are already empty. It may involve straining, pain, and cramping (tenesmus).
  • Weight loss.

    For more information visit MountSinai.org
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