Recent smoking cessation
hydrogen cyanide from cigarette smoke reacting with hydrogen sulfide to produce the nontoxic isothiocyanate?
Often mucus-like faeces/diarrhoea with blood
Shallow, mucosal inflammation, limited to colon + rectum
Continuous area of inflammation
Non-peri-intestinal crypt granulomas not seen
An increased amount of colonic sulfate-reducing bacteria has been observed in some patients with ulcerative colitis
rule out parasites and infectious causes.
elevated sedimentation rate indicates that an inflammatory process is present.