Joshua J. Lim, M.D., is fellowship-trained surgeon with The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Mercy's renowned breast center offers award-winning care and Board Certified doctors. The Breast Center's comprehensive care is designed for women undergoing the journey to overcome breast disease.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Ulcerative colitis, one of the two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, can cause extreme pain and discomfort that can be debilitating for some people. Dr. Mary Harris and Dr. Matilda Hagan at The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore are recognized experts in the diagnosis and treatment of ulcerative colitis. Patients from across the Mid-Atlantic region turn to Dr. Harris for her experience and expertise in managing ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation of the large intestine. The inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis is located in one continuous portion of the intestine. The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown though it can be hereditary. Ulcerative colitis also is thought to be the result of the intestine’s immune system malfunctioning, which causes chronic inflammation.
Ulcerative colitis can affect both men and women and can occur at any age; however, ulcerative colitis most likely occurs between the ages of 15 to 30 or 50 to 70. People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent have a high risk of developing ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis symptoms include:
To diagnose ulcerative colitis, a colonoscopy with biopsy often is conducted. Other tests for diagnosing ulcerative colitis can include:
Treatment options for ulcerative colitis can include:
Learn about ulcerative colitis - diagnosis and treatment - from the perspective of a Mercy patient.
A patient from Mercy shares her story of living with ulcerative colitis and finding relief in Remicade treatments.
Getting on with life after suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - a Mercy patient shares her story.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
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