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What is Granulomatous Colitis?

Definition of Granulomatous Colitis

Granulomatous colitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder, primarily involving the small and large intestine, but which can affect other parts of the digestive system as well. In mild forms, granulomatous colitis causes small scattered shallow crater-like areas (erosions) called aphthous ulcers in the inner surface of the bowel. In more serious cases, deeper and larger ulcers can develop, causing scarring and stiffness and possibly narrowing of the bowel, sometimes leading to obstruction. Deep ulcers can puncture holes in the bowel wall, leading to infection in the abdominal cavity (peritonitis) and in adjacent organs.

For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's listing the claimant must have:


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