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Ischemic Colitis


Ischemic colitis is a condition that occurs when there is decreased blood flow to your colon. Mild ischemic colitis usually gets better on its own. Severe ischemic colitis can lead to health problems that can become life-threatening. Ischemic colitis may return or become chronic (lasts longer than 2 weeks).


Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a fever and severe abdominal pain or bloating.
  • You have decreased or no passage of gas or bowel movements.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You feel too full to eat.
  • You have nausea and vomiting.
  • You continue to have abdominal pain or diarrhea for more than 2 weeks.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for another colonoscopy, more tests, or treatment if your symptoms become chronic. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.