Ischemic colitis in marathon runners: A case-based review

Leon D. Sanchez, Jason A. Tracy, David Berkoff, Ivan Pedrosa

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In the United States over 450,000 participants finished a marathon in 2002. Some of them will present to an Emergency Department (ED) with a variety of gastrointestinal complaints. The diagnosis of ischemic colitis should be considered in patients who present with bloody diarrhea. We describe three patients who presented to our ED with abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea after a marathon. Gastrointestinal complaints with emphasis on mesenteric ischemia and ischemic colitis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-326
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006


  • case report
  • gastrointestinal
  • ischemic colitis
  • marathon running
  • mesenteric ischemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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