Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is an uncommon disorder with a high mortality rate. Reduction in mortality requires a high index of suspicion and prompt diagnosis. We describe a case of AMI in a 59-year old man with a history of permanent atrial fibrillation. Pathogenesis of AMI, clinical implications, diagnostic and therapeutic options are discussed.
Key words: thromboembolism, superior mesenteric artery, diagnosis, mesenteric angiography