Ulcerative Colitis - Prognosis

The prognosis for ulcerative colitis depends on how severe the first attack is. About 10 percent of all patients die if the first attack comes on suddenly and is quite severe. Prognosis is especially poor for patients over the age of sixty. Among these patients, a severe initial attack is fatal in more than 25 percent of cases.

Mild cases of the disorder can usually be treated quite successfully. However, the disease can reappear after it has been inactive for a period of time. Overall, about 20 to 25 percent of all patients eventually require removal of the colon. This procedure is very successful, however, and generally results in a complete cure of the disease.

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