Microscopic Colitis

Darrell S. Pardi

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Microscopic colitis is a frequent cause of chronic watery diarrhea, especially in older persons. Common associated symptoms include abdominal pain, arthralgias, and weight loss. The incidence of microscopic colitis had been increasing, although more recent studies have shown a stabilization of incidence rates. The diagnosis is based on characteristic histologic findings in a patient with diarrhea. Microscopic colitis can occur at any age, including in children, but it is primarily seen in the elderly. Several treatment options exist to treat the symptoms of microscopic colitis, although only budesonide has been well studied in randomized clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Collagenous colitis
  • Lymphocytic colitis
  • Microscopic colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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