Alternative Names Intestinal necrosis; Ischemic bowel; Dead bowel; Dead gut Symptoms The hallmark of intestinal ischemia is abdominal pain. Other symptoms include: Diarrhea Fever Vomiting Signs and tests Laboratory tests may show a high white blood cell (WBC) count (a marker of infection) and increased acid in the bloodstream. Other tests include: Angiogram CT scan of the abdomen None of these tests are foolproof, however. Sometimes the only sure way to diagnose intestinal ischemia is with a surgical procedure.
If you have landed on this site it is quite likely that you either have IBD or many of the symptoms and are searching for answers. Part of the problem in obtaining an accurate diagnosis is that IBD can mimic many other diseases, making it harder to pinpoint exactly where the problem lies. Many women are misdiagnosed with things like "irritable bowel syndrome" or "spastic colon" before failed treatments lead them to additional testing. What if you have been through all of the testing, basic treatments and still have not found any answers? There may be one more illness that has very similar symptoms: intestinal endometriosis. The symptoms of intestinal endometriosis include: nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, increased gas, bloating, crampy abdominal pain, painful bowel movements, sharp stabbing rectal pain and rectal bleeding associated with menstrual periods. The problem is that it isn't always found during the standard GI testing. Endom...
A colon resection is a surgical procedure that removes part or all of the large intestine. This may be necessary in the treatment of some serious medical conditions including colon cancer . Your doctor(s) may also recommend colon resection for a variety of other conditions including:
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Actively bleeding arteriovenous (AV) malformations
Sound like getting part or all of your large intestine is a major deal? It is. But you can help achieve best outcomes, and get back to your old routine more quickly, if you plan ahead, communicate with your team, and recruit a great support network.
Good questions to ask your healthcare team as you begin to prepare for surgery include:
• What should I do to prepare for surgery? Should I be following any special diet? Quitting smoking?
• Will my insurance cover all parts of my treatment (surgery, anesthesia, hospitalization, etc)?
• If not, how much will this cost and do you offer...
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