The term pancolitis hides inflammation of the entire colon. In ulcerative colitis, this means that the inflammation, which usually begins in the lower intestine (rectum), has spread to the top.
That's bad news for the moment, of course. As a rule, the symptoms of pancolitis are much more pronounced than if only the rectum is affected by ulcerative colitis. Also, the risk of complications is higher when the entire colon is inflamed.
However, one can also get such a pancolitis therapeutically under control. Although sometimes stronger immune blockers are necessary for this. Even a short-term hospital stay can be useful. But then also applies here: The thrust will subside again.
Author:Dr. med. Jörg Zorn