Abdominal Vascular Catastrophes.

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Abdominal Vascular Catastrophes.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2016 May;34(2):327-39

Authors: Singh M, Koyfman A, Martinez JP

Abdominal vascular catastrophes are among the most challenging and time sensitive for emergency practitioners to recognize. Mesenteric ischemia remains a highly lethal entity for which the history and physical examination can be misleading. Laboratory tests are often unhelpful, and appropriate imaging must be quickly obtained. A multidisciplinary approach is required to have a positive impact on mortality rates. Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm likewise may present in a cryptic fashion. A specific type of ruptured aneurysm, the aortoenteric fistula, often masquerades as the more common routine gastrointestinal bleed. The astute clinician recognizes that this is a more lethal variant of gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

PMID: 27133247 [PubMed - in process]

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