Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation in the large intestine, or colon. This animation describes what happens to the immune system to cause ulcerative colitis, its symptoms (such as abdominal pain and diarrhea), and factors that contribute to its development (including genetics and environmental factors).
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