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Small Bowel Blood Flow and Low-Dose Aspirin

Low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) is been widely used as a means of preventing cardiovascular problems. However, several studies have shown that bowel injuries can be caused by low-dose aspirin, not only in the upper gastrointestinal tract but also in the lower.

New research shows that at least one of the mechanisms for this drug-induced small bowel damage is decrease in blood flow. Scientists recently investigated the relationship between low-dose aspirin-induced small bowel mucosal damage and small bowel blood flow.

According to Eurekalert:

"The results indicated that low-dose [aspirin]-induced decrease in small bowel blood flow is correlated with small-bowel mucosal injury."

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