Ulcerative colitis

Authors: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 23 November 2016, last major update August 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2016,, Inc.

PubMed Search: gastric ulcerative colitis
Cite this page: Ulcerative colitis. website. Accessed October 17th, 2018.
Definition / general
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Most common upper GI inflammatory pattern is focal gastritis, followed by gastric basal mixed inflammation and superficial plasmacytosis (Am J Surg Pathol 2010;34:1672)
  • Variable changes include multiple tiny shallow ulcers, crypt abscess formation, increased intraepithelial lymphocytes, villous blunting
  • Microscopic findings parallel remissions and relapses of colonic inflammation