Acute mesenteric ischemia: A clinical review

W. Andrew Oldenburg, L. Louis Lau, Thomas J. Rodenberg, Hope J. Edmonds, Charles D. Burger

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Acute mesenteric ischemia is a life-threatening vascular emergency that requires early diagnosis and intervention to adequately restore mesenteric blood flow and to prevent bowel necrosis and patient death. The underlying cause is varied, and the prognosis depends on the precise pathologic findings. Despite the progress in understanding the pathogenesis of mesenteric ischemia and the development of modern treatment modalities, acute mesenteric ischemia remains a diagnostic challenge for clinicians, and the delay in diagnosis contributes to the continued high mortality rate. Early diagnosis and prompt effective treatment are essential to improve the clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1062
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of internal medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 24 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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