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March 1980

Mesenteric Vein ThrombosisThe Importance of a Second-Look Operation

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery A (Drs Khodadadi, Rozencwajg Nacasch, and Schmidt) and B (Dr Feuchtwanger), Soroka Medical Center, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Faculty of Health Sciences, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(3):315-317. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380030061013

• Mesenteric vein thrombosis is an abdominal emergency that is rarely diagnosed early. Review of the literature has shown that most cases have been treated by intestinal resection, a few by thrombectomy with or without resection. Three cases of mesenteric vein thrombosis were treated by resection, heparinization, and a second-look operation after 24 hours. When necessary, resection was carried out at the second surgical procedure followed by a third-look operation after 24 hours. After the last inspecting operation without further resection, full heparinization was continued and anticoagulation was ultimately maintained with warafin sodium (Coumadin) for at least three months. The authors believe that optimal treatment for mesenteric vein thrombosis should include anticoagulation with heparin sodium and a mandatory second-look operation.

(Arch Surg 115:315-317, 1980)