Colon non tumor
Colitis (non-infectious)
Hemorrhagic colitis

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 27 December 2016, last major update May 2013

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Cite this page: Hemorrhagic colitis. website. Accessed March 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea, low grade or no fever
  • Usually resolves spontaneously, but may be complicated by hemolytic uremic syndrome or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
Clinical features
  • Endoscopy: right sided colonic edema, erosions, hemorrhage
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Hemorrhage and edema in lamina propria; focal superficial mucosal necrosis with preservation of deeper portion of crypts; acute inflammation; may have inflammatory pseudomembranes