Is ulcerative colitis an autoimmune disease?

Yes, ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease is a condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues in the body. In the case of ulcerative colitis, the immune system attacks the cells lining the colon and rectum, causing inflammation and ulceration. The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not well understood, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that typically requires ongoing management, and the treatment options include medications such as aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and biologics, as well as surgery in some cases.

It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to manage the symptoms and complications of ulcerative colitis, and to develop an appropriate treatment plan that works best for you.

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