Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 221–228 | Cite as

Ischemic disease of the small bowel and colon associated with oral contraceptives

  • Gary G. Ghahremani
  • Morton A. Meyers
  • Jack Farman
  • Ronald B. Port


The widespread use of hormonal contraceptive pills by young women has caused a documented increase in thromboembolic disorders. This article describes yet another of the drug-induced complications namely, the development of ischemic bowel disease in seven cases. The ischemic changes which involved the small intestine in three and the colon in four patients became reversible after conservative management and discontinuance of oral contraceptive agents. The importance of clinical and radiologic consideration of ischemic bowel disease in young females receiving birth control pills is emphasized.

Key words

Contraceptive pills, complication Colitis, ischemic Intestine, blood supply Small bowel, ischemia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary G. Ghahremani
    • 1
  • Morton A. Meyers
    • 2
  • Jack Farman
    • 3
  • Ronald B. Port
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyEvanston Hospital-Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyThe New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyState University of New York, Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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