Acute And Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia
Ischemia refers to a decrease in oxygen supply. Mesenteric refers to the mesenteric arteries which are three main arteries that bring blood to the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. Mesenteric ischemia is a condition where these arteries do not supply enough blood to the small and large intestines, making digestion difficult and causing segments of the intestines to die. It is a disease of the arteries caused by the narrowing or blockage of atherosclerosis. It may also be caused by a blood clot called an embolus moving through the bloodstream, causing a blockage. This condition is acute mesenteric ischemia and is life-threatening, requiring immediate medical attention.
If you or a loved one suffers from mesenteric ischemia, it is highly recommended that you contact the offices of Dr. Niren Angle to schedule a consultation. As a Contra Costa County vascular surgeon, Dr. Angle is highly skilled and experienced in treating this condition. He is the former Chief of Vascular Surgery for UC San Diego Health Sciences and has been honored as one of San Diego’s top doctors by his peers for three years in a row starting in 2007.
Treatment of Mesenteric Ischemia
Dr. Niren Angle uses the latest findings in vascular biology as they relate to the factors that cause atherosclerosis. He employs dietary findings, exercise, hormonal replacement, and supplements in his treatment plans for patients with vascular disease.
Chronic mesenteric ischemia is also usually treated with surgery. The narrowed or blocked segment of the arteries may be surgically taken out and the arteries subsequently reconnected to the aorta. Another possibility is to bypass the blocked part of the artery with a piece of vein or a plastic tube. Acute mesenteric ischemia is treated with surgery on an emergency basis to quickly restore the blood supply to the intestines by removing the blockage. Symptoms of mesenteric ischemia are generally abdominal pain.
To get specific information about your medical condition as it relates to mesenteric ischemia, it is important to consult with Dr. Angle as soon as possible.