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Mesenteric arteritis.
  1. J G Mosley,
  2. A Desai,
  3. I Gupta
  1. Department of Surgery, Leigh Infirmary.


    Four patients are presented with small bowel infarction secondary to a vascular arteritis. In three patients there was a history of rheumatoid arthritis. In each patient infarcted bowel was resected and a primary anastomosis performed. In one patient the anastomosis broke down and she subsequently died. One patient died from a disseminated rectal tumour three years later. The remaining patients remain well. If operated on early, intestinal infarction due to arteritis has a good prognosis.

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