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In medicine, colitis refers to an inflammation of the colon and is often used to describe an inflammation of the large intestine. Colitis may be acute and self-limited or chronic, i.e. persistent, and broadly fits into the category of digestive diseases. In a medical context, the label colitis is used if: The aetiology of the inflammation in the colon is undetermined; for example, colitis may be applied to Crohn's disease at a time when the diagnosis is unknown, or ...

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