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Acute mesenteric ischemia

Acute mesenteric ischemia is a condition which occurs due to the occlusion of the mesenteric vessels by an emboli or thrombus.It is not easily diagnosed by the doctor and can be missed easily as the symptoms are vague and non-specific and hence the diagnosis is poor.It usually occurs in patients who are 50 years of age,younger patients with history of atrial fibrillation,women on oral contraceptive pills and other hypercoaguble states.The clinical presentation is that of abrupt onset of moderate to severe diffuse abdominal pain(abdominal angina)following a meal along with anorexia,nausea,vomiting.Angiography is the investigation of choice in this condition.Recognition of the case before permanent tissue damage is the key to patient survival in these cases.

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