Pouchitis is an inflammation in the ileal pouch that is surgically created after undergoing a total colectomy, while treating certain diseases such as ulcerative colitis, FAP and other diseases. Most people suffering from serious ulcerative colitis usually end up having their inflamed colon removed, and the bowel gets reconnected with a procedure called “ileoanal anastomosis” (IPAA) or J- pouch surgery.

Symptoms of Pouchitis

Symptoms of Pouchitis include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Increased number of bowel movements
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Strong urge of needing to have a bowel movement

Treatment for Pouchitis

Surgeons use the ileum, which is the end part of the small intestine, in order to create a pouch shaped like the letter J. This pouch is attached internally to the area just above the anus in order to hold the waste before it gets eliminated. Around 23 to 46 percent of the patients who undergo IPAA suffer from Pouchitis.

Many people with pouchitis are treated with 10 to 14 days of antibiotics. Discuss your case with your doctor to help you find a treatment plan for you.

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