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What is ischemic colitis?

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Ischemic colitis is more common in people over age 60, but younger folks can get it too.

With this type of colitis, there isn’t enough blood flow to the large intestine (colon). That's because an artery that carries blood has been blocked or has narrowed.

You need blood in your colon because it has oxygen that keeps tissue alive. If the blockage goes on for too long, it can cause serious problems. But if you get treatment soon, you should heal quickly.

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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