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Assessment of patients with acute mesenteric ischemia: multislice computed tomography signs and clinical performance in a group of patients with surgical correlation.
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PMID:  16971876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: The aim of this paper was to describe signs and performance of multislice computed tomography (MSCT) in patients with acute mesenteric infarction (AMI). METHODS: MSCT examinations of 26 patients with AMI and of 34 patients with acute abdomen and surgical diagnosis excluding AMI were retrospectively analyzed. All studies were performed with arterial and portal venous phase scans, 2.5 mm thickness, 1.25 mm image interval. All abnormal findings at MSCT in patients with AMI were recor- ded. Patients with MSCT evidence of mesenteric artery occlusion or pneumatosis or venous gas or, alternatively, bowel thicken-ing associated with lack of wall enhancement or venous thrombosis or parenchimal infarction were considered to be affected by AMI. RESULTS: AMI was due to mesenteric artery thrombosis in 17 patients, mesenteric vein thrombosis in 7, and nonocclusive ischemia in 2. In 16/17 patients arterial thrombosis was visualized, in 7/7 venous thrombosis was found. Portal or mesenteric vein gas was seen in 5% and pneumatosis in 38%; bowel wall thickening associated with other signs was found in 31%. Sensitivity and specificity were 92% and 100%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: MSCT allows an accurate assessment of the mesenteric circulation and the bowel wall. This makes possible optimal visualization of signs of AMI resulting in a good clinical performance.
F Zandrino; F Musante; I Gallesio; L Benzi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Minerva gastroenterologica e dietologica     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1121-421X     ISO Abbreviation:  Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-14     Completed Date:  2007-06-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109791     Medline TA:  Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol     Country:  Italy    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  317-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, SS. Antonio e Biagio and C. Arrigo Hospital, Alessandria, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Ischemia / etiology,  radiography*,  surgery*
Mesenteric Arteries*
Mesenteric Veins*
Mesentery / blood supply*
Retrospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / methods

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