Nonocclusive mesenteric infarction: a rare complication of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

Nephrology
Original Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2002.0012
2
50-52
Nonocclusive mesenteric infarction: a rare complication of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

This report describes an uncommon condition, nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI) in a patient with end-stage renal disease on continuous peritoneal dialysis therapy. The patient presented with nonspecific abdominal symptoms and leucocytosis which later progressed to an acute abdomen due to generalized peritonitis of unknown origin. She had been hospitalized with an episode of hypotension four days before surgery. At emergency laparotomy, we detected an unusual form of ileal infarction that was characterized by multiple, variable sized and patchy-looking necrotic areas, of which a few were perforated. We resected the infarcted ileal segment, and did a proximal ileostomy. The patient was as well as she could be in relation to her chronic renal disease. We emphasize the need for surgeons to consider NOMI as a cause of peritonitis in patients with renal failure.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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