Why is Mortality still so high in Ischaemic Bowel Disease?

  • F. B. Huber
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The 4288 cases of ischaemic entero-colopathy which I have found described in the literature up to 1979 [1, 2] fall into three clinical categories (Fig. 1): bowel infarction (85.5%), intestinal angina (9.2%) and ischaemic entero-colitis (5.3%). With regard to the mortality rate of the last two types it has been only briefly mentioned that the patient with intestinal angina who has not been operated on usually suffers bowel infarction 2–5 years after the first manifestations [3–5]. The 5.3% with ischaemic entero-colitis can be defined as patients with ischaemic damage of the small intestine and/or colon which causes no gangrenous infarction, but rather a temporary so-called transient ischemic enteritis or colitis, sometimes followed by stenosis [6–10].


Arterial Occlusion Ischemic Colitis Intestinal Ischemia Individual Case Report Ischaemic Damage 
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