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PubMed Search: Colonic infarct[TIAB]

Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
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Cite this page: Gonzalez RS. Infarct. website. Accessed February 23rd, 2024.
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
Essential features
  • Necrosis of colon due to loss of blood supply
  • Cause may not be evident histologically
  • Surgical resection necessary
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

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Typically transmural colonic necrosis, with nonviable mucosa and edema, hemorrhage and congestion of wall
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Colon infarct


Histopathology colon - hemorrhagic infarct

Sample pathology report
  • Descending colon, resection:
    • Segment of colon with diffuse transmural necrosis and hemorrhage, extending to both resection margins
Board review style question #1

Which of the following is true about colonic infarction?

  1. Cause can always be observed on histologic examination
  2. Colon paradoxically appears normal grossly
  3. Only the mucosa is affected
  4. Surgery is necessary for treatment
Board review style answer #1
D. Surgery is necessary for treatment

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