Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 537–541 | Cite as

Ischemic proctosigmoiditis: Report of a case

  • Won Sik Cynn
  • Robert R. Rickert


The case reported emphasizes the need for awareness of the possibility of ischemic proctocolitis in the patient of middle age or beyond, even when the ulcerative process is predominantly rectal and the clinical and radiographic findings are atypical. Ischemic proctocolitis may resemble ulcerative colitis radiographically, clinically, and sigmoidoscopically, especially in the early stages. A biopsy made early in the course of the disease which samples damaged mucosa should permit an easy distinction between the two processes. Farmanet al. 13 suggest that ischemic proctocolitis may be much more common than previously believed, particularly in the elderly, in whom underlying cardiovascular disease is common.


Ulcerative Colitis Ischemic Colitis Rectal Involvement Jersey Medical School Ulcerative Process 
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© American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Won Sik Cynn
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert R. Rickert
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCollege of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical SchoolNewark
  2. 2.Department of PathologyNew Jersey Medical SchoolNewark
  3. 3.Harrison S. Martland HospitalNewark

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