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Acute mesenteric embolism: an appeal for a pro-active diagnostic approach.
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PMID:  2216005     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Acute mesenteric ischaemia can be caused by arterial embolism. The initial aspecific symptoms mostly lead to late recognition of acute mesenteric ischaemia which leads to intestinal infarction. Intestinal infarction with signs of peritonitis has a very high mortality. Since 1982, a pro-active approach is followed in our department. After thorough exclusion of other causes, patients with serious acute abdominal complaints undergo an emergency angiography and/or emergency laparotomy. After confirmation of the diagnosis, primary vascular reconstructive surgery is performed if possible. We have treated eight patients with acute mesenteric embolism according to this policy. Per- and post-operatively, three patients died of extensive intestinal infarction. The five surviving patients were on a normal diet and had normal bowel functions at the time of discharge from the hospital. This limited experience shows that a pro-active approach in patients with acute mesenteric embolism can result in survival and preservation of a normally functioning alimentary tract.
W K de Roos; R H Geelkerken; J H van Bockel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Netherlands journal of surgery     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0167-2487     ISO Abbreviation:  Neth J Surg     Publication Date:  1990 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-11-01     Completed Date:  1990-11-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005043     Medline TA:  Neth J Surg     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  110-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Vascular Surgery, Academic Hospital, State University, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Aged, 80 and over
Embolism / diagnosis*,  mortality,  surgery
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Mesenteric Arteries
Mesenteric Vascular Occlusion / diagnosis*,  mortality,  surgery

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