Dr. Swanson discusses if ulcerative colitis can cause problems outside the colon.
Yes. Ulcerative colitis can also cause specific rashes, joint pains, both in the knees, wrists, and back, as well as cause blood clotting disorders in the legs and extremities outside of the colon but are related to ulcerative colitis.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.