Colitis

Smoking may cause inflammatory bowel disease

A new study shows a direct effect of cigarette smoke on intestinal inflammation for the first time. Researchers in South Korea report that exposing mice to cigarette smoke results in colitis, an inflammation of the colon ...

Oct 31, 2017
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In medicine, colitis (pl. colitides) refers to an inflammation of the colon and is often used to describe an inflammation of the large intestine (colon, caecum and rectum).

Colitides may be acute and self-limited or chronic, i.e. persistent, and broadly fit into the category of digestive diseases.

In a medical context, the label colitis (without qualification) is used if:

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