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Reminder of important clinical lesson
A case report: an unsuspected case of acute mesenteric ischaemia
  1. Balpreet Matharu1,
  2. Usman Khalid2,
  3. Teik K Ho3,
  4. Kaushik R Patel4,
  5. Ian T Bloom3
  1. 1
    St George’s Hospital NHS Trust, Renal Medicine, Renal, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London SW17 0QT, UK
  2. 2
    St George’s Hospital NHS Trust, Vascular Surgery, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London SW17 0QT, UK
  3. 3
    Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Surgery, Galsworthy Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7QB, UK
  4. 4
    Kingston Hospital, Pathology, Galsworthy Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7QB, UK
  1. Balpreet Matharu, balpreet{at}doctors.org.uk

Summary

Acute mesenteric ischaemia is a severe surgical condition with significant mortality, and it requires prompt recognition and surgical intervention. This report describes a case of a middle-aged gentleman with no previous risk factors who presented with an acute abdomen secondary to mesenteric ischaemia and made a full recovery. This case illustrates that mesenteric ischaemia can occur without the presence of any obvious risk factors and if treated early can result in successful outcomes.

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  • Competing interests: none.

  • Patient consent: Patient/guardian consent was obtained for publication.

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