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    Definition of Pouchitis

    Many people with serious ulcerative colitis end up having their diseased colon removed and the bowel reconnected with a surgical procedure known as ileoanal anastomosis (IPAA) . This surgery creates an internal pouch (from the small intestine) to hold waste before it’s eliminated. Pouchitis is an inflammation of the lining of this pouch. This complication occurs in up to half of people who have this operation. They experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, increased number of bowel movements and a strong feeling of the need to have a bowel movement.