One small bit of advice for family members of someone hospitalized with UC. Make sure that the patient brushes his/her teeth. Worst cases can lead to large quantities of prednisone and demerol mixed with the possibility of a feeding tube with no foods or liquids. Many doctors will not think to mention that all of these things can have a very negative effect on your teeth. A patient is often more concerned with other things, especially if they are not eating or drinking any food. Almost thirty years ago, when I required the j-pouch surgery, no one had thought to mention this. My previously perfect teeth reflected 21 cavities on my next dental visit. It is a significant expense and aggravation at a time when you really have other things to worry about. Just a minor piece of advice that could have a significant impact later.