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Microscopic Colitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is microscopic colitis?

Microscopic colitis is long-term inflammation of your colon (large intestine). Inflammation can damage the lining of your colon and cause long-term diarrhea. Microscopic colitis may be caused by an infection, higher levels of acid in your colon, or the cause may not be known.

Digestive Tract

What increases my risk for microscopic colitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of microscopic colitis?

How is microscopic colitis diagnosed?

How is microscopic colitis treated?

Medicines may be given to treat a bacterial infection, decrease inflammation in your colon, or treat diarrhea. You may also need medicine to decrease acid levels in your colon that could cause irritation.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I help prevent microscopic colitis?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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