What are the symptoms of Collagenous Colitis and Lynphocytic Colitis?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 28, 2012

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  • They are the inflammation of the colon or large intestine.
  • The conditions may be painful.
  • The conditions may cause weight loss.
  • The exact causes of the conditions are not known yet.

Collagenous Colitis and lymphocytic colitis are the inflammation of the colon or large intestine. The conditions can be very painful. However these inflammations are not related to more serious types disorders associated with bowel, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis are different phases of same condition.

Collagenous Colitis

Symptoms of Collagenous Colitis and Lynphocytic Colitis

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • weight loss
  • nausea
  • watery diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • dehydration


Causes of Collagenous Colitis and Lynphocytic Colitis

The exact cause of the condition is not known yet. The causes for collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis include medications that can affect or irritate the colon, bacteria and viruses that may trigger inflammation  and Immune system problems.
Lynphocytic Colitis


In most cases, the inflammation goes away on its own. Treatment is required when it does not go on its own or the symptoms are severe. Your doctor may advice you to avoid caffeine and dairy products as they may worsen the symptoms and increase the intake of fiber supplements.

Suggested medications

Over the counter drugs like Imodium and pepto bismol to stop diarrhea.
Prescription drugs such as mesalamine, sulfasalazine or steroids to reduce the inflammation.

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