Mesenteric ischemia, also known as mesenteric vascular disease, is a medical condition in which injury of the small intestineoccurs due to not enough blood supply. It can come on suddenly, known as acute mesenteric ischemia, or gradually, known as chronic mesenteric ischemia. Acute disease often presents with sudden severe pain.
Symptoms may come on more slowly in those with acute on chronic disease. Signs and symptoms of chronic disease include abdominal pain after eating, unintentional weight loss, vomiting, and being afraid of eating. There are four mechanisms by which poor blood flow occurs: a blood clot from elsewhere getting lodged in an artery, a new blood clot forming in an artery, a blood clot forming in the mesenteric vein, and insufficient blood flow due to low blood pressureor spasms of arteries.
NG tube decompression, angiogram for diagnosis and treatment, heparin anticoagulation. Papaverine to decrease arterial vasospasm. "Surgical revascularisation remains the treatment of choice for mesenteric ischaemia, but thrombolytic medical treatment and vascular interventional radiological techniques have a growing role".
Chronic mesenteric (or intestinal) ischemia (CMI) is an uncommon condition that accounts for approximately 2% of revascularization procedures in patients with atheroma. Most patients with CMI are older than 60 years of age, and women are affected three times more often than men. One study (1) found 70% or higher stenoses of the mesenteric arteries in 17.5% of patients older than 65 years of age.