More common in the elderly; can affect patients of all ages
Diagnosis is based on history, risk factors, and physical examination (3)[A].
Laboratory values and radiographic findings are usually nonspecific (3)[A].
Colonoscopy is diagnostic (3)[A].
Treatment depends on disease severity (3)[A].
Continuous clinical monitoring, including vital signs and serial abdominal exams (7)[A]
In the absence of colonic necrosis or perforation, most pa...
Bowel rest until symptoms resolve
Parenteral nutrition for patients needing prolonged bowel rest who have contraindications to surgery
Cosse C, Sabbagh C, Browet F, et al. Serum value of procalcitonin as a marker of intestinal damages: type, extension, and prognosis. Surg Endosc. 2015;29(11):3132–3139.
K55.9 Vascular disorder of intestine, unspecified
K55.0 Acute vascular disorders of intestine
K55.1 Chronic vascular disorders of intestine
557.9 Unspecified vascular insufficiency of inte...
Suspect IC in patients with multiple risk factors who present with abdominal pain and loose bloody stools.
Colonoscopy is the diagnostic gold standard.
Most often, IC is self-limited, re...
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