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Conditions We Treat: Mesenteric Ischemia

Mesenteric ischemia occurs when any of the mesenteric arteries, which supply blood to the intestines, are constricted. Because cells require blood for oxygen and nutrients, a lack of blood can cause cells to die. This is called ischemia. Ischemia in the small intestine interferes with digestion and can cause severe abdominal pain.

Mesenteric Ischemia: What You Need to Know

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  • Arteries are quite often narrowed or blocked due to atherosclerosis, when fat, cholesterol and other deposits collect on the inside of the artery walls.
  • Other causes may include low blood pressure, celiac compression syndrome, coagulation disorders and blockage of arteries in the intestine.
  • Your doctor's goal is to surgically remove or bypass the blockage and allow blood to flow to the intestinal tissues.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute for treatment of mesenteric ischemia?

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Our vascular surgeons are at the forefront of minimally invasive treatments for mesenteric ischemia.

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