What is remission?

The ultimate goal in the treatment of UC is to achieve remission, which means that you’re no longer experiencing a frequent and urgent need to move your bowels, and that rectal bleeding, along with quality of life, is no longer a focus of your day-to-day activities. Another goal is to prevent symptoms from coming back (maintaining remission). For most people, UC involves a pattern of remission and flare-ups when symptoms return. Your gastroenterologist will work with you to prevent these flare-ups.

Treatment targets

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bowel habits
  • Presence of ulcers or inflammation in mucosal lining of the colon
  • Noninvasive techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound to measure mucosal healing
  • Measures of inflammation such as C-reactive protein
  • Calprotectin
Quality of life
  • Fatigue
  • Disability
  • Psychosocial concerns

You can use available diagnostic test logs to keep track of your tests and results.

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