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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is ischemic colitis?

This is a serious condition where the blood supply to the large intestine is significantly reduced, resulting in inflammation and damage to the large intestine.

Symptoms of ischemic colitis

  • Blood in stool

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fever

Questions your doctor may ask to check for ischemic colitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose ischemic colitis

  • Is there blood in your stool?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have a fever?

Treatment for ischemic colitis

This usually requires care in the hospital. Injectable antibiotics may be given to prevent infections, and medication may be given to treat any underlying cause. In severe cases, surgery may be needed as well.

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