Ischemic bowel disease results from a lack of blood flow to the
intestines that occurs when an artery that supplies blood to the intestines
becomes blocked or narrowed. It often causes abdominal (belly) pain, especially after
eating, and sometimes bleeding from the rectum.
disease most often occurs in older people. It can be difficult to diagnose. If
you have been diagnosed with mild ischemic bowel disease, your doctor may
suggest you be watched closely (usually in the hospital) to see if it gets
better on its own.