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Ischemic Bowel Disease
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- Blockage in the arteries due to a tumor or blood clot
- Narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the bowel from atherosclerosis
- Obstruction in the colon (large intestine)
- Advanced age
- Shock induced by conditions such as blood stream infection and blood loss
- Recent heart attack
- Sustained abnormal heart beat
- Congestive heart failure
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Coronary artery bypass surgery or other vascular surgeries
- Colon cancer
- Certain medications that cause arteries to narrow
- Sickle cell disease
- Cramping and abdominal pain
- Bloody stools
- Frequent urge to defecate
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal distension
- Stay well hydrated.
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease through regular exercise and a balanced diet low in fat and calories.
- Consume plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and fiber, which may reduce your risk of colon cancer.
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy http://www.asge.org
National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
BC Health Guide http://www.bchealthguide.org
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) http://www.cag-acg.org
Green BT, Tendler DA. Ischemic colitis: A clinical review. Southern Med J . 2005;98:217-222.
Greenwald DA, Brandt LJ, Reinus JF. Ischemic bowel disease in the elderly. Gastroenterol Clin North Am . 2001;30:445-465.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013