Free Online Database Of Diseases, Illnesses & Ailments


Intestinal Ischemia

Intestinal Ischemia Causes

Most of the time, acute intestinal ischemia is the result of a blood clot that forms in the heart and then travels to one of the intestinal arteries. Other times a blood clot may develop in a vein leading away from the intestines, reducing the outflow of deoxygenated blood. Sometimes intestinal ischemia occurs due to a portion of the intestine becomes trapped due to a hernia (strangulated hernia) or due to adhesions from a previous abdominal surgery. Other times it occurs due to heart failure or low blood pressure.

Intestinal Ischemia Definition

A diminished blood flow to the small intestine or colon is referred to as intestinal ischemia.

Intestinal Ischemia Diagnosis

Several diagnostic tests include x-ray, endoscopy, colonoscopy, angiography, and CT scan.

Intestinal Ischemia Symptoms and Signs

Signs and symptoms of acute intestinal ischemia typically include: sudden abdominal pain that may range from mild to severe; an urgent need to move your bowels; frequent, forceful bowel movements; abdominal tenderness or distention; blood in your stool; nausea, vomiting; and fever.

Intestinal Ischemia Treatment

Antibiotics are generally used to treat or prevent infections. The doctors also will treat any underlying medical condition, such as congestive heart failure or an irregular heartbeat. The patient may need to stop any medications that constrict the blood vessels, such as migraine drugs, hormone medications and some heart drugs.

Most Viewed Pages

Recent Searches

Our Visitors Ask About

Medical News