Colon non tumor
Non-neoplastic, non-congenital lesions

Author: Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 9 January 2017, last major update September 2013

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PubMed Search: colonic infarct
Cite this page: Infarct. website. Accessed April 27th, 2017.
Definition / General
  • Death of colonic tissue due to any marked loss of blood supply to colon, including vascular insufficiency and trauma
  • See also ischemic colitis
Clinical Features
  • Depends on cause, but abdominal pain and hematochezia are common
Case Reports
  • Surgical resection of necrotic colon
Gross Description
  • Intestine is dusky and necrotic
Gross Images

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Necrotic segments of colon

Micro Description
  • Typically transmural colonic necrosis, with nonviable mucosa and edema, hemorrhage and congestion of wall
Micro Images

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Hemorrhagic, infarcted mucosa


Histopathology Colon - Hemorrhagic infarct