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What is ischemic bowel disease?

Ischemic bowel disease is a condition in which an artery to the intestines becomes blocked or narrowed, resulting in inadequate blood flow. The blockage may occur because of a tumor or blood clot in the artery, or because of artery narrowing due to a build-up of fatty material (plaque) on the insides of the artery (arteriosclerosis) to the bowel. Symptoms of ischemic bowel disease may include:
  • pain in the abdomen
  • frequent urge to defecate
  • bloody stools
  • abdominal bloating
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Ischemic bowel disease is more common in older people and can be treated with medications (including antibiotics) and in some cases surgery.

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