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How is ischemic colitis treated?

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If you have a mild case -- and most cases are mild -- the inner lining of your colon is inflamed, sore, and bleeding. It usually heals on its own, but you may be given antibiotics to prevent infection.

You’ll probably get IV fluids to keep you hydrated. To give your colon a rest while it heals, you won’t be able to drink or eat anything for a few days.

If you have a more serious case, a surgeon may need to remove dead tissue or repair your bowel.

SOURCES:

Brandt, L. , January 2015. The American Journal of Gastroenterology

Elder, K. , July 2009. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Ischemic Bowel Disease."

The Mayo Clinic: "Ischemic Colitis."

Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, MACG, Professor of Medicine and Surgery Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Emeritus Chief, Division of Gastroenterology Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, NY.

Grames, C. , September 2012. Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet."

American Cancer Society: "Health Risks of Smoking Tobacco."

Winchester Hospital: “Ischemic Bowel Disease.”

Medscape: “Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Brandt, L. , January 2015. The American Journal of Gastroenterology

Elder, K. , July 2009. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Ischemic Bowel Disease."

The Mayo Clinic: "Ischemic Colitis."

Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, MACG, Professor of Medicine and Surgery Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Emeritus Chief, Division of Gastroenterology Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, NY.

Grames, C. , September 2012. Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet."

American Cancer Society: "Health Risks of Smoking Tobacco."

Winchester Hospital: “Ischemic Bowel Disease.”

Medscape: “Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 11, 2019

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