Ulcerative Colitis Specialist

Bay Ridge Endoscopy PLLC

Maher Almoudarres, M.D.

Gastroenterologist located in Brooklyn, New York, NY

When you suffer from ulcerative colitis, you not only have abdominal pain and diarrhea, you’re at risk of long-term damage to your gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Maher Almoudarres is an experienced internist specializing in digestive disorders. With over 20 years practicing in the Brooklyn community of New York City, Dr. Almoudarres provides personalized care and accurate diagnosis to his patients. Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online to learn more diagnosing and treating chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative Colitis Q & A

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of IBD that affects the innermost lining of the colon and rectum and causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers.

There are different classifications of UC based on the location of inflammation:

  • Ulcerative proctitis: close to the rectum
  • Proctosigmoiditis: rectum and sigmoid colon
  • Left-side colitis: rectum, sigmoid, and descending colon
  • Pancolitis: entire colon
  • Acute severe ulcerative colitis: entire colon, causes severe pain

The precise cause of UC is unknown, but it might be related to a malfunction of the immune system.

What are the symptoms of UC?

IBD diseases like UC and Crohn’s disease can be easily confused with irritable bowel syndrome because they have similar symptoms. However, IBD diseases are far more serious.

Symptoms of UC are chronic and include:

  • Rectal pain and bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Blood or pus in stool
  • Urges to defecate but unable to pass stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Symptoms of UC range in severity, sometimes becoming life-threatening, but Dr. Almoudarres offers treatment solutions to manage your disease.

How is UC diagnosed and treated?

There is no cure for UC, but accurate diagnosis can help manage your symptoms. UC is treated based on the stage of the disease. The stages of UC include:

  • Mild: up to four loose, possibly bloody stools daily, mild abdominal pain
  • Moderate: four to six loose, possibly bloody stools daily, anemia, moderate abdominal pain
  • Severe: seven to 10 bloody stools daily, anemia, fever, and accelerated heart rate
  • Very severe (fulminant): more than 10 bloody stools daily, abdominal distention and tenderness, blood transfusions may be needed, potentially life-threatening

To make a diagnosis, Dr. Almoudarres performs a full physical exam that includes your medical history. Based on your symptoms, he will likely recommend blood tests that identify inflammation and eliminate other health conditions, fecal blood tests to check for blood in your stools, and antibody blood tests to look for Crohn’s disease.

Imaging tests such as endoscopies, colonoscopies, ultrasounds, CAT scans, and MRIs can also be valuable tools for diagnosing UC and the extent of your inflammation.

Treating UC is about managing inflammation; the earlier your problem is diagnosed, the better your prognosis. Dr. Almoudarres conducts an extensive exam with each patient and recommends the best treatment plan for their stage and symptoms.

Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online to find help managing your UC today.