Superior mesenteric vein thrombosis
Gradually worsening diffuse, colicky abdominal pain for the last 3 days.
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There is a filling defect in the superior mesenteric vein and branches. The bowel wall is thickened and hypo-attenuating, the lumen is dilated. Mesenteric congestion and stranding is also observed.
Superior mesenteric vein thrombosis can lead to inadequate tissue perfusion leading to intestinal ischaemia, infarction and eventual necrosis.
- Furukawa A, Kanasaki S, Kono N et-al. CT diagnosis of acute mesenteric ischemia from various causes. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009;192 (2): 408-16. doi:10.2214/AJR.08.1138