Winter Weather Closings

Please note, WakeMed Physician Practices, urgent cares, and most outpatient services - lab, imaging, rehab and Healthworks - will be closed on
Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18. Learn more about our closings.

Our hospitals and emergency departments never close.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease that occurs in the colon. It is characterized by the inflammation and ulceration of the innermost lining of the colon and most commonly affects the left side of the colon and the rectum.

Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis will vary from person to person. Some symptoms may include:

  • Cramps/abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or rectal urgency
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Poor growth

In some cases, this condition can involve other complications such as joint pain, eye problems, skin rash or liver disease. However, these complications are more common with Crohn’s disease.