Ischemic colitis is a disorder in which part of your colon (large intestine) becomes inflamed and injured. Usually, the problem is caused by impaired blood flow to your colon. This can lead to areas of colon inflammation and, in some cases, permanent colon damage.
Ischemic colitis can affect any part of your colon, but most affected people develop pain on the left side of the abdomen. Urgent bowel movements and bloody diarrhea also are common to ischemic colitis.
Although it sounds scary, most cases of ischemic colitis are mild and resolve on their own in a couple of days. Still, because the condition can become severe, call your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of ischemic colitis.
schemic colitis involves inadequate blood supply reaching your colon. In acute cases, the most frequent cause is blood clots in the arteries leading to your colon. Chronic cases are usually associated with the buildup of fatty deposits (atherosclerosis) in the blood vessels leading to your colon.
In some people, ischemic colitis may be caused by or related to other medical conditions, including: