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Success of microvascular surgery; repair mesenteric injury and prevent short bowel syndrome: a case report

Unal Aydin, Omer V Unalp, Pinar Yazici* and Adem Guler

Author Affiliations

Department of General Surgery, Ege University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

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BMC Emergency Medicine 2007, 7:11  doi:10.1186/1471-227X-7-11

Published: 14 August 2007



Superior mesenteric injury is a rare entity but when it occurs, short bowel syndrome is one of the uninvited results of the emergency surgical procedures.

Case presentation

We present a 19-year-old boy with blunt abdominal trauma which caused serious mesenteric injury. Because ultrasound revealed free intraabdominal fluid, he underwent emergency laparotomy. Adequate vascularization of approximately 20 cm of proximal jejunal segment and approximately 20 cm of terminal ileum was observed. Nevertheless, the mesentery of the rest of the small intestine segments was ruptured completely. We performed an end-to-end anastomosis between a distal branch of the superior mesenteric artery in the mesentery of the ileal segment and a branch of the superior mesenteric artery using separate sutures of 7.0 monofilament polypropylene. The patient's gastrointestinal passage returned to normal on the postoperative day 2. He recovered without any complication and was discharged from hospital on the postoperative day seven.


In this case report, we emphasize the importance of preservation of injured mesenteric artery due to abdominal trauma which could have resulted in short bowel syndrome.