An inflammation of the large intestine that leads to continuous watery diarrhea is known as microscopic colitis. The disease gets its name from the need that the colon tissue has to be examined under a microscope to indentify the condition. There are two kinds of the microscopic colitis: collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis. In collagenous colitis a thick layer of protein develops in the colon tissue while in lymphoctic colitis in which white blood cells increase in colon tissue.
The symptoms of microscopic colitis include:
Chronic watery diarrhea
Pain or cramps in the abdomen
The reason behind the inflammation of the colon found in microscopic colitis is yet to be known. The causes believed to be the disease by the researchers are:
Although the occurrence of microscopic colitis is not clear but it is estimated that 10 to 20 percent with chronic diarrhea may have microscopic colitis.
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