Indeterminate Colitis(IC) is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD) where a person is showing signs of both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis(UC) and it is difficult for a GI doctor to determine which one the patient has. According to the National Institutes of Health 10-15% of all IBD patients are diagnosed with IC. This is what I have been diagnosed with. This is because the inflammation in my colon is bouncing around which isn’t consistent with UC but I haven’t had and granulomas show up which according to my doctor would point to Crohn’s Disease.
Thankfully IC is treated the same way that UC and Crohn’s Disease are. For more information about treatments for IBD please visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s website or the National Institutes of Health website. The National Institues of Health website also has a page on the diagnosis and treatment of Indeterminate Colitis.
Here are a list of symptoms that I have experienced with IC:
- Bloody Stools
- Mucus in Stools
- Abdominal Cramping