SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Ulcerative colitis. Barium X-ray of the colon (large intestine) of a patient with ulcerative colitis. This is an inflammation and ulceration of the colon that causes bloody diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Its cause is not known. Treatment is with anti-inflammatory drugs and in severe cases surgical removal of the colon. A barium enema was given prior to the X-ray to highlight the colon.
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