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ISRN Gastroenterology
Volume 2014, Article ID 756926, 8 pages
Research Article

Is CT Angiogram of the Abdominal Vessels Needed following the Diagnosis of Ischemic Colitis? A Multicenter Community Study

1Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, CGH Medical Center, 100 East Le Fevre Road, Sterling, IL 61081, USA
2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202, USA
3Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tishreen, Aleppo Street, P.O. Box 2230, Latakia, Syria
4Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904, USA

Received 8 December 2013; Accepted 25 December 2013; Published 12 February 2014

Academic Editors: V. Eysselein and L. Rodrigo

Copyright © 2014 Muhammed Sherid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. CT angiogram is frequently obtained after diagnosis of ischemic colitis (IC). Aims. To investigate the vascular findings of CT angiogram as compared to contrast-enhanced CT scan and whether this modality changes the management or prognosis of IC. Methods. We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients with IC from 2007 to 2013. Results. CT angiogram was performed in 34 patients (28.81%), whereas contrast-enhanced CT scan was performed in 54 patients (45.76%). In CT angiogram group, 8 patients (23.5%) had atherosclerotic changes. Stenosis was found in 12 patients (35.3%) (9: celiac trunk, 3: SMA). Among this group, one patient underwent colectomy and another underwent angioplasty of the celiac trunk who died within 30 days. Among contrast-enhanced CT scan group, 5 patients (9.3%) had atherosclerotic changes. Stenosis was found in 5 patients (9.3%) (3: celiac trunk, 1: SMA, and 1: IMA). Among this group, 3 patients had colectomy and one died within 30 days. There was no statistical difference between both groups in all vascular findings except the stenosis which was higher in CT angiogram group (). Neither the need for surgery nor all-cause mortality was different between both groups. Conclusion. CT angiogram did not provide any useful findings that altered the management or the prognosis of IC.