Differences between Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

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Ulcerative colitis Crohn’s disease
Only affects the colon Can affect any section of the digestive tract
Inflammation occurs in the innermost lining Inflammation affects all layers of the intestine
Stenosis / fistula complications are rare Stenosis / fistulas are relatively frequent
The predominant symptom is diarrhoea The predominant symptom is abdominal pain
Blood and/or mucus discharges in stools or in isolation are relatively frequent Blood and/or mucus discharges are usually evidence of colon involvement
Substantiated information by:
Marta GallegoNurse — Gastroenterology DepartmentIngrid OrdàsGastroenterologist — Gastroenterology Department

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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