Microscopic colitis – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic

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Overview

Microscopic colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine (colon) that causes persistent watery diarrhea. The disorder gets its name from the fact that it's necessary to examine colon tissue under a microscope to identify it, since the tissue may appear normal with a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy.

There are different subtypes of microscopic colitis:

Researchers believe collagenous (kuh-LAYJ-uh-nus) colitis and lymphocytic colitis may be different phases of the same condition. Symptoms, testing and treatment are the same for all subtypes.

Signs and symptoms of microscopic colitis include:

The symptoms of microscopic colitis can come and go frequently. Sometimes the symptoms resolve on their own.

If you have watery diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, contact your doctor so that your condition can be diagnosed and properly treated.

It's not clear what causes the inflammation of the colon found in microscopic colitis. Researchers believe that the causes may include:

Risk factors for microscopic colitis include:

Some research studies indicate that using certain medications may increase your risk of microscopic colitis. But not all studies agree.

Medications that may be linked to the condition include:

Most people are successfully treated for microscopic colitis. The condition does not increase your risk of colon cancer.

Microscopic colitis care at Mayo Clinic

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Microscopic colitis - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

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