Chapter: Intestinal Ischemia
McMaster Section Editor(s): Peter Lovrics
Section Editor(s) in Interna Szczeklika: Witold Bartnik, Władysław Januszewicz
McMaster Author(s): Hyea Min Yoon, Cagla Eskicioglu
How to Cite This Chapter: Yoon HM, Eskicioglu C. Intestinal Ischemia. McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine. Kraków: Medycyna Praktyczna. https://empendium.com/mcmtextbook/chapter/B31.II.4.19 Accessed April 24, 2019.
Last Reviewed: July 18, 2017
Last Updated: January 7, 2017
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Definition and EtiologyTop
Intestinal ischemia refers to reversible and irreversible bowel injury that results from a decrease in blood flow to the small or large intestine. Any process that reduces intestinal blood flow, with or without subsequent reperfusion injury, can cause intestinal ischemia. Causes may be occlusive (arterial embolism, arterial thrombosis, or venous thrombosis) or nonocclusive (eg, due to shock or vasospasm). Intestinal ischemia varies widely in presentation and outcome depending on the time course of disease, degree of blood flow compromise, presence of collateralization, and segment of the bowel affected. Serious consequences such as bowel infarction, perforation, sepsis, and death can occur.
There is variation in terminology in the literature that can cause confusion. Mesenteric ischemia refers to small bowel ischemia. Ischemic colitis and colonic ischemia refer to large bowel ischemia representing variable clinical presentations across the spectrum of severity of the disease. The terms intestinal ischemia and ischemic bowel can apply to either the small or large bowel.