What Is Ischemic Bowel?

Q:
What is ischemic bowel?

A:
A more professional name for ischemic bowel is Ischemic colitis (IC). It is an inflammatory condition of the large intestine, or colon.

It develops when there isn’t enough blood flow to the colon. IC can occur at any age, but it’s most common among those over the age of 60.

Causes of ischemic colitis

  • hardening of one or more of the mesenteric arteries
  • a blood clot

risk factors:

  • congestive heart failure
  • diabetes
  • low blood pressure
  • a history of surgical procedures to the aorta
  • medications that can cause constipation

Symptoms of ischemic colitis

  • mild to moderate abdominal pain
  • pain in your abdomen after eating
  • an urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • tenderness in the abdomen

If you are experiencing these symptoms, tell your doctor how you feel and seek diagnosis.

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