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Are middle aged and elderly more likely to get ischemic colitis?

Are middle aged and elderly more likely to get ischemic colitis?

Yes: Ischemic colitis is generally analogous to a heart attack or stroke of the intestines, and many of the same risk factors, including age, high cholesterol, high bp, apply. While exceptional cases occur, in general older patients are at higher risk than young patients for ic. ...Read more

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Is a colonoscopy the better way to confirm a diagnosis of ischemic colitis?

One of the ways: In ischemic colitis the findings of concern are related to loss of blood supply. On this basis when one examines the colon on colonoscopy one sees gangrene of the mucosal lining of the colon. On scan of the bowel there is usually marked dilatation as a result of the necrosis wherein there is loss of pulsatile activiity ...Read more

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Diagnosed with ischemic colitis 4 days ago. Took a week to be diagnosed. Taking Pepto and low fiber. Exhausted. How long before I start to improve?

Diagnosed with ischemic colitis 4 days ago.  Took a week to be diagnosed.  Taking Pepto and low fiber.  Exhausted.  How long before I start to improve?

This is a difficult: question to answer...The low fiber diet will put your bowel "at rest" however medication may be available Surgical approaches are sometimes available... Check with PCP for proper referrals! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I recently had ischemic colitis attack. Would this re-occur? How do I prevent it from happening again? Does my high blood pressure med has to do with

I recently had ischemic colitis attack. Would this re-occur? How do I prevent it from happening again? Does my high blood pressure med has to do with

Ischemic colitis: You are at a young age to see this condition. I gather from your report that it was diagnosed by both ct scan ; colonoscopy. Best to see your doctor or get a referral to a hematology specialist to see if you could have a blood clotting disorder. Ask your doctor if you should consider daily aspirin. Evaluate for heart rhythm abnormality. Do not smoke cigarettes. ...Read more

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Ischemic colitis improved w/ Pepto & low fiber diet Returned to normal routine and symptoms returned Pain, rectal bleeding etc. What is happening?

Ischemic colitis improved w/ Pepto & low fiber diet  Returned to normal routine and symptoms returned  Pain, rectal bleeding etc. What is happening?

Causes of colitis: Inflammation (infection, ischemic, ibd) of large intestine = colitis. Specifically, ischemic colitis occurs when there is decreased blood flow to the gut, due either to vasospasm (seldom recurrent) or stenosis/occlusion (frequently recurrent). Don't ignore the possibility of recurrence here--since transmural ischemia or mesenteric ischemia can be very serious. Get to the hospital now for recheck. ...Read more

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Can glass shards cause ischemic colitis?

Can glass shards cause ischemic colitis?

Possible: I am not sure why you are asking this question. However, i would not intentionally eat them. Glass shards could theoretically cause this condition by ulceration, perforation and transection but that is highly unlikely withtout causing signficantly greater damage prior to that. ...Read more

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What could cause ischemic colitis and renal dysfunction?

See below: Hard to answer in this short forum. Ischemic colitis is from low blood flow to the colon. Ischemic colitis can cause bacteremia or sepsis resulting in stress on the kidneys, and also a possible dehydration component. Also if a person has low blood flow to the intestine, the same low blood flow process could also be affecting the kidneys (atherosclerosis) with resulting renal dysfunction. ...Read more

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What causes ischemic colitis and how do u treat it?

What causes ischemic colitis and how do u treat it?

Low flow: This can result when the flow of blood and nutrients to the intestines is less than what is needed. This can occur when the intestines have higher than usual needs as with infections often associated with diarhea. This can also occur when the flow is low from an arterial blockage or from dehydration or low blood pressure. Initial treatment is bowel rest, if severe surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from ischemic colitis? 2 wks now, still pain, esp post-meals, rectal bleeding, very tired. On Pepto, low fiber diet.

How long does it take to recover from ischemic colitis?  2 wks now, still pain, esp post-meals, rectal bleeding, very tired. On Pepto, low fiber diet.

Ischenic colitis: Heals in 3 ways. 1.the colon dies and perforaates. 2.heals completely and is back to normal, 3, Scars down and becomes stenotic, Follow up with your pcp possibly need repeat colonoscopy ...Read more

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How could I have ischemic colitis at age 28?

How could I have ischemic colitis at age 28?

Very unusual: Ischemic colitis typically affect the older population with intrinsic vascular disease and secondary factors such as tobacco use, dehydration (in sufficient intake or due to medication). It can also happen at times as a complication with certain procedures. Work with your doctor, make sure it is the proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What readily contributes to the development of ischemic colitis?

Low blood flow: Ischemia is due in general to inadequate circulation colitis relates to the colon large bowel large or small blood vessel obstruction, thrombosis, embolism and some spastic vascular situations may cause ischemic bowel. ...Read more

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Should i eat sushi if I have been recently diagnosed with ischemic colitis. ?

Ischemic colitis: At your age is extremely rare, unless you have severe arterial disease or thromboembolic condition. It is not a good idea to eat raw or undercooked foods until any GI condition is completely resolved, because these foods can contain bacteria that can cause problems in your digestive tract. Ask your doctor what you should be eating, not what you should avoid. ...Read more

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54 year-old woman with a history of migraines and Raynaud, gets diagnosed with ischemic colitis, coronary artery spasms, and asthma during this.....?

54 year-old woman with a history of migraines and Raynaud, gets diagnosed with ischemic colitis, coronary artery spasms, and asthma during this.....?

Need to follow data: For this case we need to know the ANA and subsets, cardiolipins, lupus anticoagulant, Beta 2 glycoprotein but I would have expected that the workup at Cleveland Clinic would have covered this if you saw a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo.Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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How much do barium enema testing cost?

How much do barium enema testing cost?

Cost varies : There are usually 2 charges for any x-ray test a technical charge and a physician charge. Make sure you ask for the physician fee information as well as the hospital or x-ray center charge when you check costs. Costs vary greatly at different hospitals so you may want to comparison shop if you have no insurance. Also adk if there is a cash discount and/or assistance based on income. ...Read more

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I had a barium enema last week. What does this mean?

A barium enema: Is a procedure performed in radiology under fluoroscopy. The radiologist fills the colon with barium and sometimes with air to look for polyps, masses, diverticular disease, and areas of narrowing. ...Read more

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What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

Pain, bloating: For braium enemas, expect to feel some abd cramping or discomfort . Bloating may also occur. A lot depends on the extent of evaluation. ...Read more

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Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

Be: You need to have a clean colon. Usually have GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) the evening before tomake sure there is no stool that can mask any abnormalities on the colon wall. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a sigmoidoscopy?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more

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My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful. Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful.  Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

Colon screening: Many health insurance plans include a benefit for screening colonoscopy; check with your insurer. Colonoscopy has advantages over barium enema, mainly in your case, that you are sedated and able to sleep through the test without significant discomfort. Colonoscopy can also allow the removal of precancerous lesions and identify flat or depressed spots that may be problem. ...Read more

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Do you give the patient barium enema in CT ?

Do you give the patient barium enema in CT ?

Barium Enema: Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. This uc different from a ct scan. Feel free to visit www.Browardgi.Com. ...Read more

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Barium Enema (Definition)

Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. Feel ...Read more