Ischemic bowel disease in the elderly

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The ischemic bowel diseases (IBD) are a heterogeneous group of disorders usually seen in elderly individuals. They represent ischemic damage to different portions of the bowel and, therefore, produce a variety of clinical syndromes and outcomes. Colonic ischemia is the commonest of these disorders and has a favorable prognosis in most cases. In contrast, acute mesenteric ischemia, most commonly caused by a superior mesenteric artery embolus, is a disease with a very poor prognosis. Acute mesenteric ischemia caused by nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia usually is a catastrophic complication of other severe medical illnesses, most notably atherosclerosis. Proper diagnosis and management of patients with IBD require vigilance on the part of the physician and a willingness to embark on an aggressive plan of diagnosis and management in the appropriate setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-473
Number of pages29
JournalGastroenterology Clinics of North America
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Ischemic bowel disease in the elderly. / Greenwald, D. A.; Brandt, Lawrence J.; Reinus, John F.

In: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2001, p. 445-473.

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