Treatment at Mayo ClinicBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Ulcerative colitis affects each person differently, and people respond to treatments differently. Mayo Clinic doctors will design the ulcerative colitis treatment plan that best meets your unique needs.
People who have ulcerative colitis often develop inflammation outside the colon — in their joints, eyes, skin or lungs. Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary approach means a wide array of specialists will work closely with your primary team to provide exactly the care you need.
Women with ulcerative colitis can usually have successful pregnancies, especially if they can keep the disease in remission during pregnancy. It's important to work with a high-risk obstetrician and a gastroenterologist specializing in ulcerative colitis. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise and experience guiding women with ulcerative colitis through pregnancy and delivery.
Treatment of children
At Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a team of specialists will work together to address your child's needs. Because long-term steroid use can have harmful effects on children, Mayo Clinic doctors often choose to use other anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive drugs to reduce the need for steroids. Mayo's advanced diagnostic tests such as MR enterography don't expose children to ionizing X-ray radiation, which can be a concern when repeated imaging tests are needed.
Ulcerative colitis often takes an even greater physical and emotional toll on young people, slowing their growth and delaying sexual maturation. At Mayo Clinic, young people and their families work closely with psychologists who can help them navigate the day-to-day difficulties of living with ulcerative colitis.
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