What Are the Symptoms of Mesenteric Artery Disease?

Mesenteric arteries carry blood to the intestines. Mesenteric artery disease is blockage of these arteries. Symptoms of mesenteric artery disease may include:

  • Acute mesenteric artery disease: Extreme "stabbing" abdominal pain, unlike a more normal stomach ache, usually in the middle or upper part of the abdomen, is the main symptom of mesenteric artery disease. 
  • Chronic mesenteric artery disease: Pain usually starts within an hour after eating and may last for an hour or more, people with this type of pain may avoid eating and start to lose weight. Contact your physician for a physical exam.

Other symptoms of acute or chronic mesenteric artery disease may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence (passing gas)
  • Constipation

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