How does ischemic colitis present clinically?
Ischemic colitis most commonly presents with the sudden onset of cramping, mild left lower quadrant abdominal pain, and the urge to defecate.
Additionally, patients may present with bright red blood per rectum or hematochezia.
Palpation of the abdomen over the affected segment of bowel elicits tenderness.
Differential diagnoses include infectious colitis, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.