An inflammation of the large intestine (colon) that occurs because of an interruption in blood flow.
Ischemic colitis could occur as a related condition to vasculitis, hernia, or diabetes; after abdominal surgery; or after an infection. It is more common in people over the age of 50. This condition can be life-threatening.
Symptoms of ischemic colitis include:
- An urgency to move the bowels (tenesemus)
- Blood in the stool or passing blood with no stool
- Lower left-side abdominal pain
- Low-grade fever
Some cases of ischemic colitis may resolve on their own. If treatment is required, IV fluid and antibiotics may be given. In severe cases, removal of the injured part of the colon may be necessary.