Ischemic bowel disease happens when a blockage in an artery causes decreased blood flow to the intestines.
Ischemic bowel disease happens when there is not enough blood flow to a child’s intestines. Blood carries oxygen that the small and large intestines need to function; when there is decreased blood flow, the intestines do not receive the oxygen they need.
Blood flow to the intestines may be limited due to a blockage or narrowing in an artery that supplies blood to the intestines. Ischemic bowel disease can range from mild to severe, depending on the blockage and can develop suddenly or happen gradually over time.
In some cases, ischemic bowel disease is a medical emergency and could lead to death without treatment.
Ischemic bowel disease may be caused by: