The mesenteric arteries supply blood to your small and large intestines. Ischemia usually occurs when one or more of your mesenteric arteries narrows or becomes blocked. When this happens, intestines are deprived of the oxygen needed to function, resulting in severe abdominal pain. Untreated, the blockage can quickly worsen over time and cause tissues in the intestine to die. Mesenteric ischemia can also impact intra-abdominal organs such as the colon, liver, and stomach.
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