WATTS R. WEBB, M.D., F.A.C.S.; JAMES D. HARDY, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Abdominal angina represents the reaction of the intestinal tract to chronic vascular insufficiency. Chronic mesenteric arterial narrowing or occlusion manifests itself much as angina pectoris in the presence of intermittent myocardial ischemia. The pain usually starts in the postprandial period during the maximal work load and may last for several hours. It is usually cramping in nature and is referred to the back. Additional features include disturbed peristalsis, malabsorption, anorexia, and weight loss. The latter is progressive, largely since the patient fears to eat because of the inevitable postprandial pain. Like other muscular organs, the gastrointestinal tract requires oxygen to
WEBB WR, HARDY JD. Relief of Abdominal Angina by Vascular Graft. Ann Intern Med. ;57:289–295. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-57-2-289
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;57(2_Part_1):289-295.
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