What Is Microscopic Colitis?

Microscopic colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the colon and rectum (large bowel). There are two different forms of the condition — collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis — that share similar symptoms. The main difference is that in collagenous colitis, the colon's lining contains more collagen than usual and in lymphocytic colitis, there are more white blood cells (lymphocytes) in the colon's lining than usual. MORE: Understanding the etiology of inflammatory bowel disease According to Crohn's and Colitis UK, it's called microscopic colitis because the inf
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