Inflammatory condition of the colon that causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and dehydration. This is a rare condition and most commonly yields watery, non-bloody diarrhea. Using a colonoscopy to check for it is standard practice, but a mucosal biopsy can reveal the true extent of the accumulation of lymphocytes in the colonic epithelium. Over-the-counter antidiarrheal drugs are effective in stopping the symptoms for most people. The disease usually does not inflict anyone under the age of 50, and usually affects women more than men.
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