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Emergency Medical Minute


Dec 14, 2021

Contributor: Ian Gillman, PA-C

Educational Pearls:

  • Acute mesenteric ischemia is a condition where bowel loses blood supply from an acute occlusion of the mesenteric arteries
  • A frequent sign is abdominal pain that is out of proportion to the exam
  • Atrial fibrillation is one risk factor for mesenteric ischemia
  • Treatment includes anticoagulation and possible surgical intervention depending on the extent of the ischemia


Monita MM, Gonzalez L. Acute Mesenteric Ischemia. [Updated 2021 Jun 29]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-.

Kühn F, Schiergens TS, Klar E. Acute Mesenteric Ischemia. Visc Med. 2020;36(4):256-262. doi:10.1159/000508739

Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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